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5/18/2005

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May 18

Another morning with heavy passage of migrants. The Buffalo NEXRAD (doppler) showed very high migrating bird density last night and therefore our busy day today was somewhat anticipated. Blackpoll and Bay-breasted Warbler were new arrivals along with a single Red-headed Woodpecker. We banded 113 birds of 30 species today. Ovenbird, American Redstart, Magnolia Warbler and Swainson's Thrush were recorded in high numbers today. We also captured a foreign banded American Redstart! The band was reported this evening but we may not hear back from the bird banding laboratory for at least a few days. In other news, we welcomed noted Ornithologist Kenn Kaufmann to the Bird Research Station. TVO was on hand for the event and did some filming (timing was excellent as we captured a male Scarlet Tanager while they were there!).
 
All in all another superb day of wonderland birding at TTPBRS!
 
 
Dan Derbyshire