The Pace Picks Up!

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Sunday May 24, 2015.  179 new of 36 species; 8 retraps.  Birds of the day were American Redstart and Magnolia Warbler with 22 banded of each.

Betsy Brooks & Erin Karnatz – BIC

A Slower Day – We Savor Each Bird!

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Releasing a Bird! Photo by Peggy Keller

Releasing a Bird!
Photo by Peggy Keller

Saturday May 23, 2015.  37 new of 15 species; 25 recaps.

Eleven warbler species banded, three each of Tennessee, American Redstart, Magnolia, and Yellow Warbler.

Peggy Keller, BIC

PROTHONOTARY WARBLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SY-Female Prothonotary Warbler Photo by Ryan Kayhart

ASY-Female Prothonotary Warbler
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Friday May 22, 2015.  32 new bandings of 15 species; 24 retraps.  New species PROTHONOTARY WARBLER!

Bird of the day, and probably bird of the spring season, a stunning ASY Female Prothonotary Warbler, was banded this morning … only the third of that species at BBBO netted in 30 years !  Betsy lovingly removed it from the net and Ryan was given the honor of banding this beautiful bird … since he had only recently made two trips to see the bird reported at Montezuma and had been disappointed there.

The BTC students took their final exam.  We had several families visiting with children on this Friday start to the Memorial Day weekend.

Betsy Brooks and Marian Klik – BIC

BTC Runs the Station

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Bander Training Class of Spring 2015 Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Bander Training Class of Spring 2015
Photo by Ryan Kayhart


Thursday, May 21, 2015. 60 new of 21 species; 35 retraps. Of these species, we banded our first Hairy Woodpecker of the season!

Bird of the day was a tie between the Magnolia Warbler and American Redstart banding 8 of each.   12 species of warbler were banded.

Today was a unique day for the station as it was operated by students from the Spring Bander Training Course. The students spent nearly two weeks preparing for this day which served as a testament to the knowledge and experience they gained throughout the course. A collaborative effort was made by 7 students to organize, set up, and run the station for the entire day. The students appointed Tristan Luxner as the Bander In Charge (BIC) to oversee the daily operations of the station. The station operated no differently than it does every other day and was a complete success from start to finish.


This was a valuable experience for the students who learned how imperative it is to have a reliable and knowledgeable staff of volunteers as part of the team. Volunteers are incorporated into every aspect of the operation including opening the nets, extracting birds, processing them, and scribing. Without such a well-rounded and experienced staff Braddock Bay Bird Observatory would not exist, so appreciating them for what they do is one of the most valuable lessons the students could have learned.

The students will now prepare for a final test which they will take on Friday. This test will evaluate their overall knowledge and understanding of bird banding. Some students will go on to use this experience for conducting various types of research while others will continue to increase their experience in this field. This experience enabled students and volunteers to establish special relationships among each other. With that said, the students have left their mark at BBBO and will never forget what an incredible experience they had the privilege of being a part of. A special thanks to Andrea Patterson and Betsy Brooks for making this all possible.      ~Tristan Luxner

Addendum from Andrea and Betsy:  The class did an absolutely fantastic job today!  Everything ran smoothly, and all we had to do was sit back and relax.  Congrats to our temporary BIC Tristan, and his fantastic crew of Jeff, Norma, Tyler, Julia, Kathleen, and Kyle!

Cool Winds – Fewer Birds Today

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Wednesday May 20, 2015.  44 new bands of 18 species; 15 retraps.  New species Mourning Dove.

With chilly temperatures and a fairly brisk wind, we waited to set up the back aerial nets.  We banded ten warbler species, but the bird of the day was (again) Magnolia Warbler with 8 banded.

Ryan banded 4 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and also planted two lilac bushes near the Memorial Garden.

The BTC students began preparations for running the banding station tomorrow.

Peggy Keller and Betsy Brooks – BIC



Tuesday, May 19, 2015.  136 new of 27 species; 18 retraps.

Bird of the day was (again) Magnolia Warbler with 43 banded.  We banded 15 species of warblers.

Alan Belford brought 20 students from SUNY ESF to visit the banding station.

Sue Smith Pagano taught the BTC students how to take blood samples from birds.

Ryan Kayhart — BIC



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)


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