Tuesday, August 19: 21 new birds of 15 species, 7 recaps.  New species:  Hermit Thrush, Ovenbird, Magnolia Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler.  Bird of the day:  Gray Catbird with 5 new bands.  35 species detected onsite today.

The continuing slow pace gave us the opportunity to spend more time outside compiling our list of daily bird observations.  We were thrilled to see a young Bald Eagle skim the treeline behind the boathouse, Tom and Andrea did their best to identify swallows on the wing, and we all had a devil of a time deciding how many Pewees we were actually hearing.

Banding excitement came from our 4 new species – the Hermit Thrush and Bay-breasted Warbler were particularly neat.

After-hatch year female Hermit Thrush.  This bird had a brood patch!

After-hatch year female Hermit Thrush. This bird had a brood patch!