Saturday August 15, 2015:  66 new birds of 24 species; 31 recaps.  Bird of the day was Gray Catbird with 14 new bands, followed by Red-eyed Vireo with 11 new bands.  Our fall “pre-season” started on July 21, and we had already banded 26 different species.  Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Hooded Warbler, and Brewster’s Warbler were new today.  We weren’t expecting it to be busy today, but it was!  We are still catching young fledglings of several species, but we are also starting to see early migrants.  Nine warbler species (plus a Brewster’s) were a treat and a welcome change from all the baby catbirds.  Professional photographer David Littschwager and his crew were onsite today as well, capturing images of birds likely to be found along the banks of the Genesee River.  The images will be used as part of the One Cubic Foot project.

Sunday August 16, 2015:  22 new birds of 12 species; 11 recaps.  Birds of the day were Gray Catbird and Northern Waterthrush with 4 new bands  each.  New species: Carolina Wren.  Maybe it was the heat or the lack of cloud cover, but today was quite different from yesterday.  We always expect a doldrums in August – maybe this is the start of our slow season.  We did manage to band two new Baltimore Orioles as well as a second Brewster’s Warbler.

Brewster's Warbler, banded on Saturday

Brewster’s Warbler, banded on Saturday