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Twenty Magnolias and a Scarlet Tanager!

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HY Scarlet Tanager Photo by Tom Klotzbach

HY Scarlet Tanager
Photo by Tom Klotzbach

HY Scarlet Tanager Photo by Marilyn Guenther

HY Scarlet Tanager
Photo by Marilyn Guenther

Friday August 29, 2014   61 new of 18 species, 14 recaps.

A day that had slow winds out of the south with few birds expected, turned into a whirlwind of conference calls and picture taking. A hatch year Scarlet Tanager (photo below) turned up in the net. Since the bill looked larger than normal for a Scarlet Tanager, banders wondered if it could be a Summer Tanager.  Calls and photos sent to Betsy and Ryan confirmed the bird as Scarlet. Aren’t cell phones wonderful.

At one point, two aerial nets turned up over 10 birds each of which were 4-5 different species. We think the clouds of mosquitoes to feed on attracted the birds. Marilyn Guenther, Jim Saller, Tom Klotzach, Pat Martin, Mark Catlin, Rich Sherman and Marian Klik helped bring in 18 species of birds, 14 recaptures and 61 new birds banded, 20 of which were Magnolia warblers.

Black-throated blue, Bay-breasted, Chestnut-sided, Wilson’s and Blackpoll warblers were banded today as were a Gray-cheek Bicknell’s, and several Veerys.   How wonderful to view this spectacle of nature.

Marian Klik BIC

FAVORABLE WINDS OVERNIGHT BUT ONLY 33 NEW BIRDS

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Thursday, August 28:  33 birds of 16 species, 9 recaps.  New species:  Philadelphia Vireo. Birds of the day were Magnolia Warbler with 7 new bands followed by Wilson’s Warbler with 3 new bands.

The weather was perfect and the winds overnight were favorable for fall migrants but we fell far short of my expectations for the day. Highlights included a nice variety of species including 8 warblers, two vireos, and two flycatchers.

HY-Male Hooded Warbler Photo by Jon Dombrowski

HY-Male Hooded Warbler
Photo by Jon Dombrowski

Northern Waterthrush Photo by Jon Dombrowski

Northern Waterthrush
Photo by Jon Dombrowski

BBBO staffer Virginia Duffy, visiting from her new home in Florida, stopped by to help the banding crew today.

Jon Dombrowski, BIC

TWO CAPE MAY WARBLERS TODAY!

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The Wednesday Crew Photo by Alice Van derMoere

The Wednesday Crew
Photo by Alice Van deMoere

HY-F Cape-May Warbler Photo by Peggy Keller

HY-F Cape-May Warbler
Photo by Peggy Keller

Male Cape May Warbler Photo by Peggy Keller

Male Cape May Warbler
Photo by Peggy Keller

 

Wednesday August 27. 2014  31 new birds, 2 recaps; new species (2) Cape May Warblers, Veery and Wilson’s Warbler.

We had a slow day, but very enjoyable birds. We did not enjoy the mosquitos though! The weather started off very muggy, but by hour 2, the breezed picked up and the sun peeked out and it was more comfortable.

There were 6 Gray Catbirds banded and 6 Magnolia Warblers also.  Besides the Cape May Warblers, other “eye candy” birds included American Redstart, Canada Warbler, Northern Waterthrush and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.

 

Cindy Marino

Plenty of Vultures, Hawks & Eagles Overhead –

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Tuesday, August 26:  15 birds of 8 species, 4 recaps.  New species:  Lincoln’s Sparrow. Birds of the day were Red-eyed Vireo and Gray Catbird, each with 4 new bands.  28 species were detected on site today.

Warmer temperatures and winds out of the west/southwest combined to suppress bird counts, with the meadow nets closed near the end of the session due to the warm temperatures.

Barb French observantly pointed out kettles of Turkey Vultures that were forming, along with detecting Red-tailed and Broad-winged Hawks along with 14 Bald Eagles (including several immature Bald Eagles. The Evans stopped by with their two grandchildren to say hello, and Emily Johnson from the Genesee Land Trust came out to visit and to also meet with the landscaper and assess the alder control efforts.

Thank you to Gayle, Pat, Barb, Tom, Judy, and Meghan for their efforts!

Tom Klotzbach

South Winds = Just 14 New Birds

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Monday August 25, 2014  14 new birds, 9 species, 6 recaps (all Gray Catbirds!)

A beautiful day at the station for Peggy, Marian, Terry and Willie.  A grandmother and grandson were guests for a couple of hours.  The birds however, decided that the south wind was not good for migration.

A little female Ruby-throated hummingbird was particularly infatuated with the nets in the swamp area and we captured her 4 times even if we let her go out away from the nets.

A Swainson’s Thrush with one tail feather seemed to be molting every single feather on its body to the point you would think it would not be able to fly.  After release, it took off like a rocket.  Goes to show what we know.

Marian Klik

Chestnut-sided Warblers Breeding at BBBO???

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Sunday August 24, 2014: 31 new birds of 15 species, 6 recaps.  New species:  Eastern Wood Pewee.   Things picked up a little bit today, but most of the birds were species that breed locally, such as Gray Catbirds and Song Sparrows.  Two Yellow-bellied Flycatchers heralded the oncoming migration.

The best catch of the day wasn’t a new bird at all, but a recapture.  The Chestnut-sided Warbler below was first captured on July 16.  A pair had been seen flitting around near one of our nets several days before, and we eventually caught this female.  She had a brood patch, which suggests that she was breeding locally.  Neither of the NYS Breeding Bird Atlases show breeding Chestnut-sided Warblers in the BBBO block, so it is something to watch!

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So many good birds!

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Saturday, August 23:  23 birds of 14 species, 4 recaps.  New species:  Red-bellied Woodpecker and Yellow-shafted Flicker.  Birds of the day were Mourning Warbler and Northern Waterthrush, each with 3 new bands.  28 species were detected on site today.

The morning seemed gray and oppressive.  The air was heavy and nothing was moving – including the birds.  We started out very slow, but after  a couple hours a small breeze stirred things up and our day got more interesting.  It was too hard picking just one photo, so here’s a whole collection!

A gorgeous older male Mourning Warbler - one of three MOWA we captured today.

A gorgeous older male Mourning Warbler – one of three MOWA we captured today.

A young female Mourning Warbler.  She looks quite different from the male above.  They don't call them "confusing fall warblers" for nothing!

A young female Mourning Warbler. She looks quite different from the male above. They don’t call them “confusing fall warblers” for nothing!

Oh, Canada!  A stunningly pretty bird.

Oh, Canada! A stunningly pretty bird.

A young male flicker - one of three woodpeckers caught today.

A young male flicker – one of three woodpeckers caught today.

A young Red-bellied Woodpecker.  Notice the brown eye, which will become redder with age.

A young Red-bellied Woodpecker. Notice the brown eye, which will become redder with age.

A young male Northern Cardinal, transitioning from his juvenile plumage to something more showy.  Poor patchy fellow!

A young male Northern Cardinal, transitioning from his juvenile plumage to something more showy. Poor patchy fellow!

We try not to anthropomorphize the birds, but this young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak looks awfully indignant in this photo.  Like the cardinal, he's scruffy looking now but he'll eventually come into his own.  The gorgeous rose color is already coming in under the wings and on the breast.

We try not to anthropomorphize the birds, but this young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak looks awfully indignant in this photo. Like the cardinal, he’s scruffy looking now but he’ll eventually come into his own. The gorgeous rose color is already coming in under the wings and on the breast.

Overall a great day!

At least we’re getting some exercise . . .

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Friday August 22, 2014:  9 new birds of 6 species,  4 recaps.  No new species.  Bird of the day was Common Yellowthroat with 3  new bands.

The summer doldrums continue as we count down the last days of August.  The Yellow Warblers are gone, the local birds have all learned where the nets are, and there are very few migrants moving through.  A pretty Black-and-white Warbler brightened the day.

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HANDSOME HOODED WARBLER!

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Thursday August 21, 2014   10 new of five species and 7 recaps.

At sunrise we experienced a humid, muggy and windless morning that was very quiet bird wise.  The overcast skies gave way to sun and then rain appeared on radar.  We managed to stay dry even though there were sporadic rain showers popping up around us.  Most net checks yielded only a bird or two – mostly hatching year local birds so we gained some experience using the new protocols.  Most numerous species was Gray Catbird (5) followed by Common Yellowthroat (2).    Two visitors arrived just in time to see the last birds of the day processed.

Downy Woodpecker Photo by Jon Dombrowski

Downy Woodpecker
Photo by Jon Dombrowski

Hooded Warbler

Hooded Warbler, Male

Hooded Warbler

Hooded Warbler

(The Hooded Warbler was aged U because of conflicting clues and a lack of consensus on skulling by three banders.  I left to close nets before it was released. But now looking at the retrices in the first photo I think it is a HY bird.)

Jon Dombrowski

Handsome Adult Male American Redstart Makes the Day!

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Wednesday August 20, 2014  6 new and 5 recaps

We had nets full of mosquitoes, and if we were lucky, we had a bird in a net!

Adult male American Redstart Photo by Peggy Keller

Adult male American Redstart
Photo by Peggy Keller

 

We had a morning chat with Ryan and all is well in Vermont.

We closed up after our six hours, just before the rain started.

Peggy Keller

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