Super Fat Blackpolls!

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We had a busy day today at BBBO. We banded 76 new birds and we had many recaps, 73 to be exact! Again, the bird of the day was Blackpoll Warbler, with 26 new bands and the majority of the recaps were Blackpolls also. Several of the Blackpolls were super fat. The fattest one weighed in at 20.8 grams and was originally banded a couple weeks ago.
Runner up for bird of the day was White-throated Sparrow, with 8 new bands.
Cindy Marino, BIC



Tuesday September 27,2016

101 new, 55 retraps 21 Species New Species White eyed Vireo!

Betsy’s  first day back!  And a good day even though the wind was the wrong direction.

We have banded 15 White-eyed Vireo during 31 years! Bird of the day was Blackpoll warbler with 24.banded, beating White-throated Sparrow by 1. Also banded our 7th  Red breasted Nuthatch of the season! Could we beat our record 30 banded in 2012!

Ryan Kayhart – Bander-in-charge




Wednesday September 28, 2016.
We banded 106 new birds.  Bird of the day was Blackpoll Warbler , with 51 new bands.
There were 35 recaps.
We had a visit from great group of students from SUNY Geneseo, along with their professor Kristi Hannam.

Other visitors included Dr. Drew Lanham, ornithologist and author from Clemson University, and  RBA president, Laura Kammermeier.

Researcher Elliot Johnston tested 54 birds in the MARS lab, 44 of which were Blackpolls.

In the evening, we set up for owls, but had no luck in catching any.  But a large crowd enjoyed cake and ice-cream  to honor Jenna Holschuh, who received her Master Banding Permit earlier this month, and Ryan Kayhart, who is celebrating his tenth year of serving first as intern, and then Field Assistant, and then Research Assistant.

Cindy Marino, BIC

Bird of the Day .. Blackpoll Warbler!

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Tuesday September 20,2016

47 new, 13 retraps, 18 species;  No New Species

Bird of the day was Blackpoll Warbler with 11 banded.

Another very warm day! With SW winds at dawn, even though radar was

pretty active last night.  The Bander Training class starts to do some net picking.

Ryan Kayhart – BIC

Sixty new birds today!

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Friday September 16, 2016  60 new birds of 23 species and 11 recaps.

Today we kept Eliot busy with warblers. The AM was a bit chilly but it warmed up with sunny weather.

We had a young Wood Thrush showing lots of buffy tips and molting head.


Molting Wood Thrush


Peggy Keller

Hooded Warbler!

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Wednesday September 14, 2016.

Today was another pretty slow day for banding. We had a total of 31 new birds. Bird of the day was Blackpoll Warbler,  with 8 new bands.  There were 11 recaps and no new species.


Hooded Warbler Photo by Alice Vandemoere


Ryan and Peggy – on ‘sock day’

Cindy Marino, Bander-in-charge

Hairy and Downy in the Same Net

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Wednesday September 7, 2016  25 new birds and 7 recaps; no new species.
Yesterday was humid and cloudy for most of the morning at BBBO. If the sun had been out we would probably have had to close nets early, but we managed to do all six hours of the session.
Of course it was very slow due to weather conditions, but we had some interesting birds. Blackpoll Warbler was bird of the day, with seven new bands. We also banded three Bay Breasted Warblers, giving everyone some practice in distinguishing between the similar Fall plumages of these two species.
It was fun to capture a Hairy Woodpecker and a Downy in the same net.

.Cindy Marino