A Great Treat 5/9/2018

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Wednesday May 9th we had 71 new bandings and we had 10 Recaps. We also banded Six new species for the season. The most exciting bird of the day was an Eastern bluebird. Although Eastern bluebird is a fairly common species in New York state, we almost never band them at Braddock Bay bird Observatory. Other new species included Hooded warbler, Mourning warbler, Lincoln Sparrow, Baltimore Oriole, and Wilson’s warbler.

Ruby for Ryan 5/4/18

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A Ruby-throated Hummingbird for Ryan. We had rain for the first 2 hours. Stepping

outside often to see if we could open, finally hour 2 all the nets opened. Turned out to be a bit of a slow day. On our last run to check and close we brought in the first Ruby-throated for our resident Hummingbird bander Ryan.

Thanks to all you stuck it out on a slow day.IMG_0065 Ruby-throated Hummingbird RK

Almost a hot day 5/2/18

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IMG_0021 American WoodcockWe thought the warm southwest winds might have brought us lots of birds today, but we only banded 58 new birds. Bird of the day was Ruby Crowned Kinglet, with 19 banded. White Throated Sparrow came in second, with 12 new bands. We had four new species for the season; Nashville Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Orange Crowned Warbler, and a gorgeous American Woodcock!

HOT Wednesday September 27

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IMG_4945 3Hot as in temperature, not lots of birds. We did end up with 34 new birds,15 different species and 13 recaptured birds. Thanks to the Thrush family adding 18 new to the total.

Andrea had some good birds, mature Grey Catbirds and Thrushes to show her Banding Training class. We also listened to Andrea explaining bird behavior to students from Geneseo Collage.


Another 100+ Day!

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Saturday, May 28, 2016.  We banded 108 new birds and had 13 recaptures, but with no new species.  The day was surprisingly slow despite a frenetic amount of radar activity last night.
Bird of the day was Magnolia Warbler with 22 banded.    We were treated to two Black-billed Cuckoos (I believe this breaks the record?) and a boisterous Great-crested Flycatcher.
We saw Ryan off to Vermont and also said goodbye to Erin, which, combined with the increasing number of flycatchers, indicate that the season is almost over!
Ann banded six hummers today before she also departed for the season.
Jenna Holzschuh



Friday May 27, 2016  The tally came to 186 new bands. Bird of the day was Traill’s Flycatcher  at 34. Other high numbers were American Redstart at 16 banded and Red-eyed Vireo at 15 banded. Other highlights of the day were 8 Mourning Warblers and 4 Black-billed Cuckoos.
It was another great day!
Cindy Marino, BIC

Best Day of the Spring Season????

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Thursday May 26, 2016.  261 new bands of 34 species; 5 recaps.  New species Alder Flycatcher, Eastern Wood Pewee, and Gray-cheeked Thrush.

Normally, unless a Traill’s Flycatcher sings in the hand while being banded, we cannot be sure if it an Alder or Willow Flycatcher.  But one bird sang in its bag while waited in line to be banded and it sang in the hand … and it was clearly the song of an Alder Flycatcher!

It was a glorious day of banding with 34 species handled, and the crew operating like the well-trained banders, scribes, and net-pickers they are!  We were particularly happy to have John Waud back with us helping with all the rounds at the nets.  And it was also wonderful to have Doris Waud back with one of her wonderful coffee cakes!

Quinn Deutschlander helped carry bird bags on some of the net runs.  Altogether, perhaps the best day of the spring 2016 season!

Betsy Brooks, BIC



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