O blithe New-comer!  I have heard,
I hear thee and rejoice.
O Cuckoo!  shall I call thee Bird,
Or but a wandering Voice?
 – William Wordsworth
The first Black-billed Cuckoo of the season.  Photo by Ryan Kayhard

The first Black-billed Cuckoo of the season. Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Saturday May 16, 2015:  309 birds of 38 species, 14 recaps.  New species:  Black-billed Cuckoo and House Finch.  Bird of the day was Magnolia Warbler with 60 new bands, followed by American Redstart with 37.

Once again, the weekend crew had an amazing day.  The birds started early and kept on coming at a steady pace throughout the morning.  With Marilyn pinch-hitting at the nets and RIT students Rebecca and Charmaine on deck to roll bags and hang clips, it was smooth sailing!

The first Black-billed Cuckoo of the season caused quite a stir, but we were equally impressed by the 5 Orange-crowned Warblers (a one-day record, which also exceeds the number of Orange-crowns banded in 23 of the last 29 spring seasons) and the 17 White-crowned Sparrows (a one-day spring record).

Thanks to regular crew members Jenna, Maggie, Meghan, Ryan, Kyle and Bob!