July 1 was an interesting day with 11 new birds banded and 1 recap. What turned out to be calm winds ended up with 14-17 mph billowing nets the last two hours of the day.

Two Savannah Sparrows were banded. SAVS were heard in the South meadow early in the morning and throughout the day with both birds being netted in a meadow net. The first was a juvenile. In the hand, the Savannah Sparrow appears a smaller, “finer” bird compared to a juvenile Song Sparrow. The dark streaking on the breast in juvenile Savannah Sparrows is evident, but as noted prior streaking is not a definitive diagnostic in identifying certain juvenile sparrows. Wing morphology (comparing P9 to P5) was used to positively identify the juvenile Savannah Sparrow.

A male Savannah was easily identified by the yellow “swipe” between the eye and bill. The breast streaks seem smaller in length but darker in color than compared to Song Sparrows.

Two nets were run on July 4 to make up missed effort on July 1 with 2 new birds banded. An Eastern Meadowlark was noisy in the tall grass as were several Red-winged Blackbirds who have nests around a small pond. In addition to an adult Song Sparrow being banded, a juvenile Barn Swallow (part of a group of several that were flying in the area) was banded; images were taken to support an ongoing project concerning plumage of Barn and Tree Swallows. Later in the morning, an Eastern Meadowlark flew into a net, but managed to fly off before the net was reached. Wind was not a factor at the time as the wind was calm.

Thank you to Pat and Shelby their help during this MAPS period! The next MAPS date will be Saturday July 14.  Tom Klotzbach