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



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

First Day of the BTC

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Sunday September 20, 2015:  45 new birds of 19 species, 20 recaps.  New species:  Lincoln’s Sparrow.  Bird of the day was White-throat Sparrow with 10 new bands.  It was a lovely morning at BBBO after yesterday’s rain.  The air was crisp and clear, and there was just enough sun to keep the temperatures pleasant.  The alphabet trail was set up today, and yielded its first birds.  We were lucky enough to capture a Scarlet Tanager and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, as well as another Yellow-shafted Flicker.  What would have been the first Ruby-crowned Kinglet of the season escaped out of the net before we were able to pick it.

Six students started the Bander Training Class today!  Most had no net picking experience, but they all learned quickly and did very well taking their first birds out of the nets.  In the afternoon we learned about permits and certifications, and how to set up a banding station.

A whirl of activity

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Saturday September 19, 2015:  19 birds of 12 species; 8 recaps.  Birds of the day were Magnolia Warbler and Common Yellowthroat, each with 3 new bands.  The bird numbers continue to dwindle as we approach the end of this hot stagnant weather pattern.  A shift in the weather this afternoon and tonight should signal a better day tomorrow.

What we lacked for in birds, we made up in guests!  We hosted members of the Oatka Garden Club, members of the Kirkland Bird Club (who brought us delicious brownies!!!), students from Jill Swiencicki’s Science Writing class at St. John Fisher, and a lovely family with two children who know their birds!

HWS student Joe banded his first birds while his classmate Maddie was on her second day of banding, and one of this year’s BTC students arrived for a morning of net-picking.  Volunteer Emily returned to the station from Minneapolis for a few days, and helped the students develop their skills.  Overall a very nice day full of activity!

First Sharp-shinned Hawk of the Fall

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Friday September 18, 2015. 27 new bands of 15 species; new species Sharp-shinned Hawk.

The daily numbers continue to go down as the warm, humid, winds from the wrong direction conditions continue.

We did have a handsome young male Sharp-shinned Hawk and a nice variety of 8 warbler species.

Sue Smith Pagano brought five of her students from R.I.T. to see the banding operation in general and her research in particular.

The heat and humidity continues to make us wish for a breath of fresh cold air from the north.  Even the usual ‘lake breeze’ seems to be missing!

Betsy Brooks – BIC

Two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds Banded Today

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Thursday September 17, 2015.  39 new bands of 21 species; 20 recaps.  New species Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Blue Jay!

The warmer and more humid it gets, the fewer birds we band.  But we still had an interesting day.

Bander Training Class alum Tom Kerr banded with us today.  And new student in this Fall’s BTC, Maddie Sutton, banded her first birds today.

Bird of the day was Gray Catbird with 7 banded.  We banded 10 warbler species including a Hooded Warbler and a Connecticut Warbler.  Ryan banded the two hummingbirds.

Betsy Brooks – BIC

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