“It’s a pretty bird . . . “

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Thursday June 4, 2015:  32 new birds of 11 species, 16 recaps.  Bird of the day was Traill’s Flycatcher with 8 new bands, followed by Gray Catbird with 6.  We are definitely hearing more birds than we are catching!  Wood Thrushes sang incessantly from the woods all morning, as Baltimore Orioles sang their fluting notes overhead.  Song Sparrows and Common Yellowthroats seemed to sing from everywhere, and a duo of mimics (Brown Thrasher and Gray Catbird) kept us entertained near the station.  Yet despite the euphony, we had a fairly slow day.  It’s just more evidence that these singers are local birds, and have learned where the nets are!

The star bird of the day was brought in by Katie.  She wouldn’t tell us what it was, only that it was a pretty bird.  When we pulled it out of the bag, we were treated to the pastel pinks and blues of a Mourning Dove.  Despite their funny looking legs and feet (bright reddish-pink, fleshy, and often with missing toes or toenails) and despite their apparent lack of anything resembling a neck (they are just one big fluffy feathery mass!), they are awfully pretty . . . perhaps even more so up close when you can appreciate their soft coloring.

Thanks much to the Thursday crew!

Final Wednesday of the Spring 2015 Season.

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Wednesday June 3, 2015.  18 new bands; 6 retraps.

We had an uneventful and pretty slow day!  The most interesting bird was a Swainson’s Thrush with a fat score of 5!   He weighed 41.4 grams.  Other Swainson’s Thrushes we banded weighed in the last couple of weeks weighed in the low 30’s.  With a wing chord of 101, he was definitely a male too.

Other birds banded included a few catbirds, American Redstart, Yellow Warbler, a Northern Waterthrush and a handsome male Red-winged Blackbird.

Cindy Marino – BIC


Locally breeding species dominate

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Tuesday June 2, 2015:  43 new birds of 16 species, 15 recaps.  Bird of the day was Red-eyed Vireo with 10 new bands, followed by Traill’s Flycatcher with 7 new bands.  We had a better-than-expected day, filled mostly with likely locally breeding birds.  We banded or recaptured several American Robins, Common Grackles, and Red-winged Blackbirds – all of which appeared to have been interested in the pickings on the soggy driveway as they were caught in the front six nets.  A few warblers lingered, including Wilson’s, Mourning, Blackpoll and Black-throated Blue, and they joined the local Yellow Warblers and American Redstarts.  We also reached a spring milestone today, banding our 4000th bird of the season.  We weren’t keeping track, but our datasheets suggest it was either a Red-eyed Vireo, American Redstart, Blackpoll Warbler, or Gray Catbird.

Thanks to the Tuesday crew for a good spring season – we’ll see you in the fall!

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