Wednesday, May 14, 2014.  364 new of 38 species; 16 recaps.  New species Eastern Wood Pewee, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Traill’s Flycatcher, Philadelphia Vireo, Gray-cheeked Thrush and Red-eyed Vireo.  Bird of the day was Magnolia Warbler with an amazing 114 banded!  Second place was a tie between Gray Catbird and American Redstart with 27 banded of each.

Red-eyed Vireo  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Red-eyed Vireo
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

It was a banner day with a near-fallout of birds in damp, misty conditions after a night of thunderstorms.  When radar showed the storms were past us, we cautiously put up about 20 of our nets and they were soon filled with birds.  We had over 10 banders and net-pickers and two scribes who were kept very busy all morning.

The BTC students banded and processed birds on a table outside so they didn’t have to worry about birds escaping in the banding lab.  They performed splendidly, starting off with bigger birds like Gray Catbirds but soon graduating to warblers.   They had an amazing first day of banding for them!

Part of the BTC course is learning how to choose a net lane and set up a net.  We turn it into a competition, with the class divided into two teams with a net each.  We keep track of how many birds each net catches.

Creating a Net Lane! Photo by Parker Foreman

Creating a Net Lane!
Photo by Parker Forman

Spreading mulch on the trail to the new net Photo by Parker Foreman

Spreading mulch on the trail to the new net
Photo by Parker Forman

Ryan banded a Ruby-throated Hummingbird with leucistic tail feathers.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird with leucistic tail feathers

Ruby-throated Hummingbird with leucistic wing feathers

Half-way through the morning we had a visit by Israeli banders Yoav Perlman and Jonathan Meyrav.  Yoav commented that being at BBBO’s banding station was like being in a candy store, with all the birds being banded.   Banders love visiting other banding stations … everyone always learn something from each other and know that they share a passion for something special.

First Traill's Flycatcher of the Spring Photo by Ryan Kayhart

First Traill’s Flycatcher of the Spring
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Special thanks to the scribes – Kathy Habgood and John Boettcher ; the net-pickers Marilyn Guenther, Ann Nash, Alice VandeMoere, Barb French and Gayle Lazoration; banders Jon Dombrowski, Ryan Kayhart, Peggy Keller,  and Jenna Holzschuh; and to all the BTC students who performed so well.

Betsy Brooks