August 2, 2012. This is the last session of MAPS for the year and the poor number of birds collected continues.  Of the 32 new birds collected, Song Sparrows and Yellow Warblers make up about a 50:50 mix. There were only 5 retraps.

Peggy, Jenna, Marian, Tom and Cathy at work at the KAIS MAPS Site.Photo by Kathy Habgood

Peggy, Jenna, Marian, Tom and Cathy at work at the KAIS MAPS site. Photo by Kathy Habgood

A young wren left us stumped. It was probably a Marsh Wren, due to notable features like the dark head, dusky supercilium and the start of black and white stripes on its back with no streaking on the breast or flanks. We don’t band a bird unless we are 100% certain of the species, however, and we ended up letting this one go.

Hatch-year Wren.  Photo by Kathy Habgood

Hatch-year Wren (Probably a Marsh Wren)Photo by Kathy Habgood

Hatch-year Wren.  Photo by Kathy Habgood

We captured 289 birds this season, of which 241 were new birds.  Our group of banders consisited of Peggy Keller, Jenna Holzschuh, Marian Klik, Tom Klotzback, Cathy Belair with Kathy Habgood taking photos. Marian Klik