Thursday, May 8, 2014.  169 new bands of 32 species; 11 retraps.  New species Swainson’s Thrush, Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, Magnolia Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Lincoln’s Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

We had a great day of banding with 169 banded including 29 White-throated Sparrows, 27 Myrtle Warbler and 20 Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

We said good-bye to Rodney and the students from Vermont, who had an exciting couple of hours at the station before heading back to Vermont.

The Spring 2014 Students from Vermont  Photo by Andrea Patterson

The Spring 2014 Students from Vermont
Photo by Andrea Patterson

We had many visitors today including a group of about 45 from the GCSC hikers from the town of Greece who walked our trails to watch birds being removed from the nets and brought back to the banding lab, and later explored our trails past the Memorial Garden and Rob’s Trail.

Visitors had a chance to see “feast your eyes!” birds in their spring plumage including stunning Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Black&White, Nashville, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue,Western Palm, Yellow Palm, and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Adult Male Magnolia Warbler - first of the Spring Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Adult Male Magnolia Warbler – first of the Spring
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Two Baltimore Orioles returned from previous years, one of which was banded last summer at BBBO.

Female & Male Baltimore Orioles Return to Braddock Bay Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Female & Male Baltimore Orioles Return to Braddock Bay
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

The weather was quite cool along the lakeshore, but later in the day I heard the temperature in Charlotte was 47 dg and the temperature in downtown Rochester was 67dg, so it always pays to have an extra jacket in the car when you visit Braddock Bay!

Betsy and Ryan worked on straightening up the education room in preparation for the start of the Bander Training Class on Monday.  We will have 7 students this spring, coming from Texas, California, West Virginia, Colorado and New York.

Cindy Marino (BIC) and Betsy Brooks