Saturday May 9, 2015:  198 new birds of 32 species; 12 recaps.  New species:  Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Wilson’s Warbler, and Indigo Bunting.  Bird of the day was Gray Catbird with 48 new bands.

Some days just seem to go right, and this was one of them!  Although we banded nearly 200 birds today, we never seemed to be busy or backed up.  For those of you who know our protocols . . . we didn’t even have to drop tarsus!

We banded 14 species of warbler today, including one gorgeous Canada Warbler.  Other warbler species included (in non-taxonomic order!) Wilson’s, Nashville, Magnolia, Tennessee, Chestnut-sided, Myrtle, Western Palm, Yellow, Black-throated Blue, Hooded, and Orange-crowned, along with Common Yellowthroat and American Redstart.  Other highlights included an older male Indigo Bunting, two Sharp-shinned Hawks, and a visit from a delightful family with five children.  These kids knew their birds, and they were so excited to see them up close!

In “bummer” news, we are starting to see Red-eyed Vireos and Traill’s Flycatchers.  It’s too soon to see the beginning of the end of migration!!!