Thursday April 30, 2015:  The winds last night were out of the Southwest, so I arrived at BBBO early this morning with high hopes for a 100 plus bird day. When we were finished, we had banded 68 new birds and handled 9 recaptures. This was still an exceptional early spring day. We had seventeen different species today, which is the highest number of species in one day so far this spring. There were three new species for the year: Western Palm Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, and Eastern Towhee. The bird of the day was the Ruby Crowned Kinglet (33 new birds). We also had 4 Brown Thrashers and a Fox Sparrow. The day was made even better by a good crew of volunteers composed of Gayle, Kyle, Jim, Barb, Aggie, Tom, Jeanne, Andrea, Betsy, and Ryan. Thanks for all of your help today.  – John Waud

The first Eastern Towhee of the season.  Photo by John Waud.

The first Eastern Towhee of the season. Photo by John Waud.