Sunday May 8, 2016:  87 new birds of 17 species; 6 recaps.  New species:  Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and Blue-headed Vireo.  Bird of the day is Blue Jay with 43 banded.  It was another Blue Jay day, as large migrating flocks continued to maraud the bushes in our hedgerow, looking for insects and seeds.  We can’t even begin to guess how many jays “bounced” out of our nets without getting caught, or managed to free themselves before we were able to extract them.  They are just a little large for our net size, but perhaps their tendency to grab on tight with their feet is what caused so many of them to “stick” in the net.

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Two of the hundreds of Blue Jays that moved through the area today

The season’s first Blue-headed Vireo was a special treat.  We were expecting them days ago, and were wondering why they hadn’t yet appeared.  Also adding to the list of “Blue” birds were Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-winged Warbler, and Black-throated Blue Warbler.  It seems like the only “blue” bird we didn’t catch was a bluebird!

The warblers continue to trickle in, with Northern Waterthrush, Ovenbird, Myrtle Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Palm Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, and Black-throated Blue Warbler all being banded today.

One more special recapture came in today – a Gray Catbird in its sixth year has returned to BBBO.  He’s been captured every year since his original banding in 2012, so we can only assume he finds our site a suitable place to raise a family.

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6th year Gray Catbird, making a return engagement at BBBO for the summer