Pileated Woodpecker!!! Photo by Ryan Kayhart

SY Male Pileated Woodpecker!!!
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Monday May 18, 2015.  231 new of 34 species; 5 retraps.  New species Eastern Wood Pewee and Pileated Woodpecker!

Bird of the day was Magnolia Warbler with 41 banded.  We had 19 warbler species.

But the pure joy came from the Pileated Woodpecker!  A group of us watched it flying low on the lake side of our path to the banding lab from the back nets.  I knew if it kept that low, it would encounter net #15.  Ryan sprinted ahead and, sure enough, watched it fly into the net.  Peggy (BIC for the day) was given the honor of banding it, and she has the scars to show for it!  What a strong, handsome, and noisy bird it was!

 

We had over 25 students from Houghton College visit, as well as 17 visitors from the Hickok Center for Brain Injury.

Betsy Brooks and Peggy Keller (BIC)