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The Heavy Rain Spoils Our Day!

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Wednesday September 30, 2015.  2 new bandings of 2 species; 4 recaps.

We had a very brief lull in the storm, and raised a couple of nets.  A Gray-cheeked Thrush and a Nashville Warbler were netted before the rain started up again.  We looked at radar and saw no more openings in the heavy rain.  So our banding day ended with only two birds banded.

This gave us time to start getting ready for the North American Banding Council’s Certification Session which BBBO is hosting this coming weekend.  Five people are candidates at the Bander level and one is a candidate at the Trainer level.

We are hoping for a break in the weather to allow us to get all the outdoor exercises completed!!

Betsy Brooks – BIC

The First Hermit is Here! More to come……

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Tuesday September 29, 2015.  23 new bandings, 28 retraps, 8 species.  New species Hermit Thrush.

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Hermit Thrush Photo by Ryan Kayhart

We opened everything at dawn, but had Radar on all day, and closed nets at 2.0 hours and then closed more nets as the day went on, but at hour 4.0 we began opening some nets back up.  We finished the day with no rain.

Swainson’s Thrush was the bird of the day, with 8 banded.

Ryan Kayhart – BIC

Banding After the Showers

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Monday September 28, 2015.  21 new bands of 8 species; 20 retraps.

The catch of the day was a feisty Yellow-shafted Flicker.  We banded 8 White-throated Sparrows and 5 Blackpoll Warblers, with just a few nets set up while we watched the showers dwindle and finally leave the area.  At that point we raised almost all our nets.

Sometimes, the insects get our attention!

Red-striped Leafhopper Photo by Julie Kleinhans

Red-striped Leafhopper
Photo by Julie  Kleinhans

Andrea and Betsy worked to get things ready for next weekend’s NABC Certification session.  We took down the nets the BTC students had put up, and Ryan set up the owl nets, so we are ready for the first really crisp, fall-like evening!

Marian Klik – BIC

Betsy Brooks

Sunday September 27, 2015

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Sunday September 27, 2015.  37 new bandings of 13 species; 28 retraps.

Saturday September 26

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Saturday September 26. 2015.  48 new bands of 16 species; 39 retraps.

Another Great Fall Day of Banding!

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Friday September 25, 2015.  100 new bandings of 23 species; 24 retraps.  New species Dark-eyed Junco.

First Dark-eyed Junco of the Fall Photo by Ryan Kayhart

First Dark-eyed Junco of the Fall
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

The Fall 2015 Bander Training Class posed with Andrea and Betsy for their class picture.

Fall 2015 Bander Training Class Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Fall 2015 Bander Training Class
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Betsy Brooks – BIC

Our Best Day of Fall 2015 So Far!

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Thursday September 24, 2015.  146 new bands of 22 species; 16 retraps; during 226.5 net hours of operation.  New species for fall 2015 were Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Golden-crowned Kinglet.

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Adult Female Golden-crowned KInglet

Photo by Ryan Kayhart

We were in the middle of a long run of pleasant weather and the overnight winds didn’t favor a strong migration.  At best we hoped for enough birds to keep us busy.  At the end of the day we had banded 146 birds of 22 species and processed 16 recaptures.  This was the highest total so far this season!

The bird du jour was the White-throated Sparrow (60 new birds banded).  Two new species for the season, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Golden-crowned Kinglet, arrived and we banded.  We had only five species of warblers and the numbers appeared to be dropping off.  However, the highlight of the day was a handsome male after-hatch-year Black-throated Blue Warbler (see photo).

HY Female and AHY Male Black-throated Blue Warbler Photo by John Waud

HY Female and AHY Male Black-throated Blue Warbler
Photo by John Waud

The majority of the birds were banded by the members of the Bander Training Class.  They did an outstanding job.  These six students have made a great beginning towards working to conserve birds.

Between the gourmet fresh peach cake (courtesy of Doris) and the assortment of birds, it was a day full of pleasant surprises.

John Waud – BIC

2000 New Bandings and Counting for Fall 2015!

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Wednesday September 23, 2015.  34 new bandings of 17 species; 23 recaps.  New species Brown Creeper.

AHY Brown Creeper Photo by Ryan Kayhart

    AHY Brown Creeper
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

We continue to be down in numbers but up in number of species each day.  We banded 8 warbler species including another Connecticut Warbler.  Bird of the day was Swainson’s Thrush with six banded.

Marilyn Guenther and John Boettcher installed shades for the windows in our Education Room, so we could have a darker room for our slide presentations.  Peggy Keller is scheduled to give a slide show at noon on Wednesday October 7 on her trips to film tigers in India.  Everyone is welcome.  Bring your lunch … coffee and tea will be provided.

The Bander Training Class students are learning the complexities of molt.

Betsy Brooks – BIC

16 SWAINSON’S THRUSHES TODAY BUT A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO STOLE THE SHOW!

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Tuesday September 21, 2015.  71 new bands of 20 species; 23 retraps.

We banded 29 warblers of eight species, but a handsome Yellow-billed Cuckoo was the treat of the day!

The students in our Bander Training Class began banding and taking all the measurements on birds.

A sharp-eyed student spotted a small brown bat roosting (hanging from a Red Ossier branch along one of our trails). The bat remained asleep all day, and the student went back in the evening to watch it slowly awake and finally take off.

Roosting Bat Photo by Mary Grace

Roosting Bat
Photo by Mary Grace

Ryan Kayhart – BIC

Two More New Species for the Fall!

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Monday September 21 2015  123 new bands of 28 species; 16 retraps.  New species Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Western Palm Warbler.  Bird of the day was White-throated Sparrow with 21 banded.

Twelve warbler species were banded today including 10 Common Yellowthroats, 6 Northern Parula and 6 Black-throated Blue Warblers.

The Bander Training Class students are beginning to band and process the birds, and all are becoming competent net-pickers.  Today they learned how to set up a net, after which they split into two teams, each putting up a net in a location they choose.  We’ll see which net is most effective at catching birds.

It was good to have Emily Patterson back with us for a few days.

Marian Klik -BIC

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