Wednesday May 7, 2014.  75 new bands of 25 species; 12 retraps.  New species: Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, American Redstart and Rusty Blackbird.  Bird of the day was Ruby-crowned Kinglet with 27 bands.

Radar showed massive migration movement around dawn toward the Niagara River corridor, but not much of an early morning push here along the lakeshore.  We had very nice variety though and the students from Vermont got to see Ryan band the first two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds of the spring.

Ryan Examines the Spring's First Banded Hummingbird Photo by Betsy Brooks

Ryan Looks for Fat on the Spring’s First Banded Hummingbird
Photo by Betsy Brooks

A Red-bellied Woodpecker was a treat as was the first American Redstart of the season.  But the highlight of the morning was the banding of two Rusty Blackbirds.

First Red-bellied Woodpecker of Spring 2014 Photo by Ryan Kayhart

First Red-bellied Woodpecker of Spring 2014
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Jim Gillette stopped by to assess what needs to be done to fix the low-spots in our driveway and parking lot.  John and Doris Waud spent part of the morning with us.  We are looking forward to having John back banding in a couple of weeks and we enjoyed ‘out-of-‘this-world”  fresh sticky-buns baked by Doris today!

It was ‘wild sock’ day and the team really went wild!

Wild Sock Day! Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Wild Sock Day!
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Jon Dombrowski (BIC) and Betsy Brooks