Blue Jays Galore Along the Lakeshore!

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Friday April 28, 2017
We banded 48 new birds, and bird of the day was Blue Jay, with 23 banded.   Black- Capped Chickadee came in second, with 15 new bands.
It was amazing to see the huge numbers of Blue Jays migrating along the lakeshore for most of the morning. We also witnessed many raptors passing overhead, so our friends at the BBRR hawkwatch must have had a great count today!
Cindy Marino – BIC

Tropical Tuesday Ends with Rain

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Tuesday April 25, 2017:  19 new birds of 2 species; 7 retraps.  No new species.  Bird of the day was Black-capped Chickadee with 14 banded.

We had radar on first thing in morning. Rain was approaching from the south.  We thought we had until 11am but we were wrong . We got in 2 hour worth of banding before it came. Most of crew wore Hawaiian shirts in honor of Ryan’s last Tuesday as bander in charge!  — Ryan Kayhart


Chelsea (our field assistant for the season), Gayle, Sue, Andrea, Ryan, Gary and Tom are ready to hit the beach!




Same old story . . . chickadees!

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Monday, April 24 2017:  84 new birds of 10 species, 22 recaps.  No new species.  Bird of the day was Black-capped Chickadee with 49 new bands.

An absolutely beautiful day at the lake today yielded 84 new birds and 22 recaptures. It was another banner day for the Black-capped Chickadees making 49 of the 84 new captures. A few Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned kinglets are still making a showing. Several Sharp-shinned hawks were seen in the area but sadly none made our nets. The marsh marigolds as well as a patch of what I believer are trout lilies are making our muddy walkways interesting. The trees are in full flower and everything is just waking up. — Marian Klik

A lovely day at the lake

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Sunday April 23, 2017:  52 new birds of 5 species, 29 recaps.  New species:  American Goldfinch.  Bird of the day was Black-capped Chickadee with 45 new bands.  Our Sunday crew is back together!  Leanna was back after missing last fall (as a dedicated mom, she often has to chauffeur her boys to soccer, swimming, and probably a million other activities), and she joined Erin and Barb who rounded out the “old reliables.”  Erin has been bringing her daughter Delaney, and we were joined by teen bander Katie.  The chickadees were a challenge, but the sunshine made us all happy to be outside and we had a great time catching up with each other after a long winter.

Lots of guests, few birds

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Saturday April 22, 2017:  9 new birds of 4 species, 26 recaps.  No new species.  Bird of the day was Black-capped Chickadee with 3 new birds.  Oh . . . it was so slow today!  The wandering chickadees are still in the bushes, but they appear to have been in the area long enough to learn the system and avoid our nets.  Without southwest winds to usher in a crop of migrants, we’re left to shift with just a handful of recaptured kinglets.  We were treated to visits from Boyscout Troop 209 out of Fairport, a fantastic group of youth from the Ithaca 4-H club, and some college students from the SUNY Brockport Environmental Science Club.  We just wish we had more interested birds to show!

Kinglets take over the lead

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Thursday April 20, 2017:  62 birds of 11 species, 26 recaps.  New species:  Brown-headed Cowbird.  Bird of the Day was Ruby-crowned Kinglet with 28 new bands.  John Waud was back in the saddle as our fearless BIC today, and he was joined by Gayle, Doug, Jim, and Ryan.  We were lucky enough to have enough Myrtle Warblers to compare ages and sexes, and we were thrilled with the Brown Thrasher which – although they sing incessantly from the bushes – rarely get caught.  Andrea worked with students from SUNY Buffalo on taking digital measurements of birds tarsi and bill, and we think we have the procedure worked out well enough to be used this summer in a field project involving nestling Purple Martins.

Thank goodness for Chickadees

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Tuesday April 18, 2017:  58 new birds of 7 species, 18 recaps.  New species:  House Wren.  Bird of the day was Black-capped Chickadee with 43 new bands.  It was a chilly morning, but clear and sunny, and it was altogether pleasant to be at the lakeshore.  Chickadees continue to be the story, and if it weren’t for them, we’d be awfully bored with few birds!

First Western Palm Warbler of the Season

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Friday April 21, 2017
It was a pretty slow day and the big numbers of chickadees that were in the area earlier this week, slowed way down to just a few, and all of them were retraps. We actually processed 33 retraps and only banded 19 new birds.
Bird of the day was Ruby Crowned Kinglet, with 15 new bands. Other new birds included Song Sparrow, Blue Gray Gnatcatcher, and BrownHeaded Cowbird. Our only new species for the day was a very pretty Western Palm Warbler.
                                                                Photo by Peggy Keller
Cindy Marino, BIC

The First Blue-headed Vireo of the Season!

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Our first Wednesday started off with a lot of feisty chickadees 🐥  but we
had a full house of Banders and Pickers. The ten of us brought them all in
to the banding lab safely. 
             Photo by Keller
The first net check brought in most of the 62 birds, and 24 were recaps. The 
winner at the nets were Chickadees with a count of 26. New for the season
was a Blue-headed Vireo. 
Ryan reported that the radar showed rains coming and they did. We were 
closed by 9:45. 62 birds in 3.5 hrs....

Peggy Keller, BIC

First Thrasher of the Season

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Monday April 17, 2017:  87 new birds were banded of which 59 were Black-capped Chickadees.  There were 44 recaps, and 11 species banded.  2 new species for the season list were added: Brown Thrasher and Fox Sparrow.

30 nets were up except #90 which is still under repair.  Trails were wet and somewhat muddy but nothing that a pair of old sneakers couldn’t handle. The marsh marigolds have spread to more than a dozen plants and are just beginning to bloom.

Two families came to visit, and one researcher from England worked with Andrea on a project measuring the tarsus of several species.

Marian Klik, BIC

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