What a difference in the number of birds captured this year during this MAPS period.

Year

Net hours

Total # birds collected

Birds per net hour

2012

48

29

0.6

2011

36

116

3.22

2010

44

91

2.07

2009

32

57

1.8

On the session from July 20-July 29 note the number of birds caught per net hour.  Our collection yesterday yielded a five fold decrease in number of birds.  The only major change in the area, was the unauthorized mowing of four new wide paths through the open meadow areas and in the deep woodlot, with one of these mowings going right through a net placement area.  Otherwise the number of nets, their placement and type of net has remained the same.  Many white birch in the area are showing stress and dropping their leaves as if it were fall and we have not hit August yet.  Conditions are very dry with many low shrubs and plants completely dried up.  The temperature at out site was over 90o F by noon.  A second mowing to keep net lanes open was not necessary because no plants under the nets came back.  The green ash trees that have plagued the area are exhibiting dark brown to black mottling of their leaves to the point that some leaves are completely black.  Numbers of insects are down, at least the ones that bother us like deer flies and mosquitoes.  The small streams that develop from the road ditch to the lake have not had water in them for the last two months.

Species variety is maintaining at 36 on my breeding status list.  Common Yellowthroats and Yellow Warblers dominate the statistics.

Joining me Monday, July 23 were Chita McKinney, Tom Klotzbach, Cathy Belair, Jenna Holzschuh, Kevin Eckert, Ann Nash, Kathy Habgood, Pat Lovallo and Peggy Keller.  Our last session will be Thursday, August 2.       Marian Klik