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Third Best Day of the Season So Far

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Tuesday September 30, 2014.  121 new of 22 species; 20 retraps

Today was our third time getting 100 birds this season. So far this season, it has been really slow.

But we are hoping that the numbers will be picking up soon.

Bird of the day the day was White-throated Sparrow with 74 banded

Jenna entered 14 pages of data to get us caught up for the season.

Ryan Kayhart, (BIC)

NICE VARIETY AND TWO NEW SPECIES FOR FALL 2014

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HY Tufted Titmouse Photo by Ryan Kayhart

HY Tufted Titmouse
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Monday September 29, 2014.  80 new birds of 21 species; 19 retraps.  New species Mourning Dove and White-breasted Nuthatch.

The morning started out slow but the number of captures rose toward mid-morning.  Common Yellowthroat, Nashville, Blackpoll and Northern Parula were the only warbler species handled.  Thrushes and sparrows (Lincoln, Swamp and White-throated) were more plentiful, especially from the alphabet trail.

Marian Klik (BTC)

 

Back to business as usual . . .

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Sunday September 28, 2014.  97 new birds and 21 retraps, 22 species.

With the BTC students gone, we operated with our standard crew of Brandon, Barb, Andrea, Erin, Katie, Jenna and Ryan.  Around 9:00 am we set up for the Genessee Land Trust Open house.  It was a nice group of people who came and saw the banding and the birds.  They saw good variety of birds today. Bird of the day white-throated Sparrow with 34 banded. We also banded two sapsuckers which is a nice treat! Ryan set up the owl nets and hoped to catch some owls tonight. But no luck!  Ryan Kayhart

Last day of the BTC

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Saturday September 27, 2014:  137 birds of 26 species; 19 recaps.  No new species.  Bird of the day was White-throated Sparrow with 72 new bands.

The fall bander training course came to an end today, as the students took their final exams.  Many students chose to spend the better part of the morning banding (or were they merely delaying their written test???),  and there were plenty of birds to go around.  A Blue-headed Vireo was a welcome treat for the students, as was a Cedar Waxwing.

Bander%20Training%20Class%20Fall%202014%20with%20Staff                                                                                                                  Fall 2014 BTC  Photo by Andy Thiede

Dave Holzmann, from SUNY Geneseo, brought his Vertebrate Biology class to see the banding operation up close, and the 30 students were treated to a good variety of warblers, sparrows and thrushes.

Jenna (our seasonal field assistant) returned from a banding job in Alaska, and it was great fun to hear about all the western species she was able to see and band.

BTC Students Run the Station; Break 100 For the First Time This Fall!!!!

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AHY White-crowned Sparrow Photo by Ryan Kayhart

AHY White-crowned Sparrow
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Bander Training Class Picture Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Bander Training Class Picture
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

 

 

The students managed the banding station today … from opening and closing the nets, helping with the net rounds, doing most of the banding, and tallying the totals.  Bird of the day was White-throated Sparrow with 58 banded.

 

Stephanie tested birds in the MARS recording trailer; Ryan entered data, and took the class photo of the Fall 2014 BTC.

Betsy Brooks (BIC)

 

Indian Summer Weather But Few Birds

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Thursday September 25, 2014.  39 new birds of 14 species and 27 recaps.  Bird of the day was Blackpoll Warbler with 8 new bands.

It was a beautiful warm fall day but the southeast winds were not favorable for bringing us migrant birds.
Of the new bands 17 were warblers and 15 were thrushes.

The Bander Training Class students did most of the net picking and banding today.

Andrea taught the aging by molt section of the BTC subjects in the afternoon and several banders joined the audience.

--  Jon G. Dombrowski

VISITS FROM SUNY GENESEO and UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER STUDENTS

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HY Eastern Phoebe Photo by Peggy Keller

HY Eastern Phoebe
Photo by Peggy Keller

Ryan, Peggy, Alice & Ann Taking a Moment Off From Banding and Net-picking

Ryan, Peggy, Alice & Ann
Taking a Moment Off From Banding and Net-picking

HY Wood Thrush Photo by Peggy Keller

HY Wood Thrush
Photo by Peggy Keller

Wednesday September 24, 2014.  87 new birds of 26 species; 18 recaps; new species Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  We had our highest daily total and also our greatest species diversity today (26), with 8 warbler species.

Birds of the day were White-throated Sparrow with 21 and Swainson’s Thrush with 15.

We had a morning visit from students of Dr. Kristi Hannam from SUNY Geneseo and an afternoon visit from students of Dr. Jim Fry from the University of Rochester.

The Bander Training Class students are all banding and processing birds now, and becoming more familiar with aging and sexing and the use of Pyle’s reference book.  It is the boys against the girls in a test to see which team chose the best spot and will catch the most birds.

Home-schoolers Aiden and Madeline helped all morning with returning clothespin markers to the nets, folding clean bird bags for us, and other important chores.

Betsy Brooks

 

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