Friday, April 14 2017: It was set-up day yesterday at BBBO, and everything went smoothly. Betsy, Andrea, Gayle, Peggy, Ann, Marilyn, Pat, Debi, Jim, Allen, Tom K, Tom and Jeanne V (and I think I forgot someone!) enjoyed the morning sunshine and each others’ company, and managed to get all the nets set up for the start of the spring season. A pole from net 90 blew down in the March windstorm, so that net is on hiatus pending an overhaul. Otherwise, the station looks great and we are ready for the birds!
And none too soon . . . Maggie and Andrea decided to do a “soft open” one day before the official opening. This morning, we banded 81 new birds of 11 species, and 11 recaps. New species were Black-capped Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Gray Catbird (!!!), Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Slate-colored Junco, and Northern Cardinal. The catbird was certainly the most surprising catch of the day, as we expect them more in May than in April. Bird of the day was Black-capped Chickadee with 41 banded, followed by Golden-crowned Kinglet with 24 banded. We have clearly missed the start of the GCKI migration, as most of the birds today were female.