Monday April 23, 2018: 92 new birds of 13 species, 10 recaps. New species:  Hermit Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Towhee, and White-throated Sparrow.  Bird of the day was Golden-crowned Kinglet with 49 new bands.

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul”

Emily Dickinson reminds us that Spring is a time of hope. Wintering species of birds are headed north, and as the temperatures rise and flowers bloom, we are filled with hope that our migratory birds will soon return from their long journeys. Today we saw some of those migrants, such as Eastern Phoebe, as well as large numbers of Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets. Perhaps the Slate-colored Juncos we captured were the last we will see until next Winter. The season is off to a great start, we are hopeful more migrants will start to show up, and we sincerely hope you will join us in our lab or at the nets at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory!     – – Kaitlin Clark