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The Owl Nets Were Set Up Today!

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HY Red-tailed Hawk at Main Blind Photo by Andy Thiede

HY Red-tailed Hawk at Main Blind
Photo by Andy Thiede

Tuesday September 23, 2014.  59 new birds of 16 species; 15 recaps. 

The BTC students did most of the banding and net picking today, with help from Betsy, Gayle, Andrea, and me to help re-check some of their measurements.   And it was slow, steady and good pace for the BTC class

Then most of the students went to the hawk blind and watched Dan catch two hawks.

In the afternoon Ryan and Betsy put three more

Alphabet nets.   While the class put their two nets up, Ryan, Andrea, and Betsy set up

the nets for owls. So we can start in October!

Bird of the day White-throated Sparrow with 25 banded!

 

Ryan Kayhart BIC

First Yellow-rumped Warber!

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Monday September 22, 2014.  33 new of 15 species; 14 recaps;  new species Yellow-rumped Warbler. 

Bird of the day was White-throated Sparrow with 11 banded.

The Fall 2014 Bander Training Class is learning net-picking skills and a few of the students with more experience actually began banding and processing birds today.

Betsy Brooks

The Fall BTC is Underway

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Sunday September 21, 2014:  29 new birds of 11 species, 19 recaps.  New species:  Brown Creeper.  Bird of the day:  Blackpoll Warbler with 16 new bands.  The Fall BTC officially got underway as seven students from all over the northeast (and Illinois) converged on the station for a week of learning.  We were extremely nervous about how our opening day would go, as the weather forecasts were all dismal (83% chance of rain all morning!).  However, the skies cooperated better than we expected and we were only closed for a brief time mid-morning when a heavy but brief shower came through.  The birds were no so cooperative – when you have seven people learning to net-pick, it’s nice if they have some birds!  Everyone got a chance to take a few birds out of the nets, however, and we are optimistic that things will improve as the week goes on.

Blackpoll Warblers Save the Day

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Saturday September 20, 2014:  51 new birds of 16 species; 13 recaps.  New species:  Winter Wren and Common Grackle.  Bird of the day:  Blackpoll Warbler with 23 new bands.  It was a lovely fall day at BBBO, as the traditional Appledore Weekend got underway.  This year, three women who assist with the Appledore banding project will be taking our fall bander training class, and two of them came to start the class a day early.  While we wish there had been more birds, we couldn’t complain about the weather.  In the end, we banded 7 species of warbler with the Blackpoll accounting for nearly half of our total birds banded!  Could it be another big Blackpoll year?  Only time will tell . . .

Katie and Andrea had a bit of excitement at the end of the day, when Katie discovered a Garter Snake sneaking around the lab table in the boathouse.  We relocated it to a better location (outside!), and it quickly crawled away.

An 11-Warbler Species Kind of Day!

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ASY Male Magnolia Warbler Photo by John Waud

AHY Male Magnolia Warbler
Photo by John Waud

Female Northern Flicker Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Female Northern Flicker
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Friday September 19, 2014.  50 new birds banded of 20 species; 19 recaps.  New species Dark-eyed Junco.

Bird of the day was Magnolia Warbler with 9 banded but there were another 10 warbler species banded today.

 

Three Yellow-shafted Flickers on the final net run of the day were a noisy handful for our only guests of the day to see banded.

 

The Town of Greece delivered another truck-load of mulch and Allen was there to begin filling the wheelbarrow with welcome mulch for our trails.

Betsy and Ryan set up the first nets of our traditional fall “extra” nets on the alphabet trail behind the main banding lanes.  We immediately caught several thrushes there which is one reason we set them up each fall.  Thrushes and White-throats like the cool shady lane.

Betsy Brooks (BIC)

An Overcast, Cool Day with Intermittent Light Showers

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Lincoln's Sparrow Photo by Jon Dombrowski

Lincoln’s Sparrow
Photo by Jon Dombrowski

Gary Returning Clothespin Net-markers! Photo by John Waud

Gary Returning Clothespin Net-markers!
Photo by John Waud

Female Black-and-white Warbler Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Female Black-and-white Warbler
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Thursday September 18, 2014.   25 new bands on 11 species; 15 recaptures processed. Birds of the day with four new bands each were Magnolia Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, and Swainson’s Thrush.

 

The day was rather slow and uneventfull. It was overcast and cool. We had to close nets for an hour while a band of intermittent showers passed through at hour 2.5 and then a second band of showers just offshore produced a light rain as we were closing nets at hour 6.

 

Ryan and Betsy set up the alphabet nets, an area used just in the fall.

Jon Dombrowski (BIC)

SUPER QUALITY TODAY!

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Wednesday September 17, 2014  40 new birds of 21 species; 15 recaps.

We had almost all the ingredients for a perfect day
of early Fall banding. Beautiful weather, a great crew
and some gorgeous birds. Again, what we lacked in quantity of birds
was made up for by quality. Our first net check yielded a Connecticut Warbler, 
definitely the most exciting bird of the day! 

Other highlights included a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, 
and a stunning Yellow -shafted Flicker. 

Our most numerous bird banded was Blackpoll Warbler, with a total of nine new bands. 

Cindy Marino (BIC) 

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