Rain dampens the day

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Tuesday June 3, 2014:  4 new birds of 4 species, 0 recaps.  No new species.  Rain spoiled most of the morning, and we just opened a few nets here and there before and after the showers.  While there were lots of birds singing, only a few found our nets.  Tomorrow is the last day of the season, and the winds look good for a final push of lingering migrants.  Stop in and say hello before summer starts!


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Monday June 2, 2014:  66 new birds.  Bird of the day was Traill’s Flycatcher, with 18 new bands.

We have been hearing and catching Black-billed Cuckoos over the past week, but today we got a big surprise with a Yellow-billed Cuckoo as well!

Yellow-billed Cuckoo Photo by Peggy Keller

Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Photo by Peggy Keller

The migration season is winding down, as we are seeing more and more locally breeding birds and birds in breeding condition.  We haven’t had any juveniles yet, but we should start seeing them at our MAPS stations in the next week or two.

“Reg” Britton and Joseph Verdone ‘Remembered’ in Memorial Garden Ceremony

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  It was a lovely evening, and a large crowd  ‘remembered’  two men in our annual Memorial Garden ceremony.


Gordon Reginold Britton –

‘Reg’ served in the United States Navy during World War II. He loved skiing, sailing and spending time on Mudlunta Island in the Thousand Islands. And he always had a great story to tell!


Friends and Family Remember 'Reg' Britton Photo by Kathy Habgood

Friends and Family Remember ‘Reg’ Britton
Photo by Kathy Habgood



Joseph Verdone –

Joe was a Kodak chemist. He loved everything outdoors … trout fishing in summer, ice-fishing in winter, gardening, refereeing his girls’ Angela and Jules softball games, and sailing with Barb.  

Friends and Family of Joe Verdone  Photo by Kathy Habgood

Friends and Family of Joe Verdone
Photo by Kathy Habgood

The Flycatchers Have Arrived

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Sunday June 1, 2014.  97 new birds of 25 species, 8 recaps.  No new species.  The winds must have been in our favor last night!  There were lots of birds singing and flitting about in the woods, including several species of warbler.  Flycatchers were the main attraction in the lab however, with 20 Traill’s, 5 Yellow-bellied and 1 Least.  We caught the third Black-billed Cuckoo of the season, and Erin banded two hummingbirds.  Interesting recaptures included a female Red-winged Blackbird first banded as a Second Year in 2012 (making it a 4-year now) and a female American Robin first banded as an After-second Year in 2011 (making it at least a 6-year now).

Finally a Blackburnian!

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Saturday May 31, 2014.  32 new birds of 20 species; 9 recaps.  New species:  Blackburnian Warbler.  We are nearing the end of the season, but we still had a great variety today with 11 species of warblers – including the first Blackburnian Warbler of the season.  We were also charmed by our second Black-billed Cucukoo, and several elegant and  subtle female Morning Warblers.  The station seems quiet now without Betsy, Ryan, and all the students . . . but a double handful of guests livened things up and made for a merry day.

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