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