Saturday August 26, 2017:  55 new birds of 17 species, 17 recaps.  New species:  Winter Wren, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler.  Bird of the day was Magnolia Warbler with 24 new bands.

My-oh-my, what a delightful day, and birds were only part of the story!  After a year on hiatus, Claire returned to us.  She started at the station as a pre-teen, and is now a senior in high school.  She took last year off to focus on her coursework, but since this year is a bit lighter she is able to come back.  She hasn’t lost her touch, and she’ll be a huge asset to the Saturday crew.  Today also marked the first day for Abbey Butler, a SUNY Brockport senior in her final semester.  She’s taking our Bander Training Class in a less conventional way – she’ll be doing the hands-on portion on Saturday mornings, and she’ll get the afternoon lectures with the rest of the class at the end of September.  We started her on bird handling and net-extraction today, and she is doing great.

Two days ago, we posted a photo of a young female Cape May Warbler.  We got another today, along with a young male.  Here’s a side-by-side for comparison:

We felt confident earlier in the week, calling the dull bird a young female, and seeing the much more vividly-marked young male reinforced our call.  The first time you see a bird in the fall, it’s not always easy to remember what the various ages and sexes are “supposed” to look like, as the last time you saw the bird – in the spring – the ages and sexes often looked radically different.  One of the advantages of working at a large station is that you often get the opportunity to compare the different ages and sexes side by side, so that you can make a careful mental catalog of the differences.