Period 9 MAPS banding on July 29 was the better of the two days on the weekend. A total of 15 birds were banded with 2 intra-season recaps and 1 unbanded bird. New species were Black-capped Chickadee, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Meadowlark and European Starling.

Initially, nets were going to be opened on Saturday but that day was fairly windy and the meadow nets would have been fully billowed. Sunday was a perfect day with little wind until hour 4.5.

A Northern Flicker was found in Net 7, along with a juvenile American Robin which was tongued on netting from two panels. The AMRO was the higher priority and eventually the flicker worked free of the net. The robin was removed from the net with no injury to the tongue and was released on the spot due to the degree of entanglement.

Several Northern Mockingbirds have established a nearby nest. They kept a watchful eye on any net checks close to Net 11, while mimicking Eastern Bluebirds with some churl calls. Around hour 3, a walk out to a meadow net (Net 8) revealed several larger birds caught. Walking closer, two adult Eastern Meadlowlarks flew off, with three juvenile Eastern Meadowlarks still in the net along with a Traill’s Flycatcher . One juvenile EAME managed to escape after net extraction. But the other two juvenile meadowlarks were banded. It’s possible that these birds were part of the nest just to the North of Net 11. Black feathers could be seen starting to form the V pattern across the chest. After banding and processing, both juvenile EAMEs were taken back to the meadow, where they were released and eventually landed in the same area that adult EAME calls were earlier heard (the earlier escaped juvenile EAME had flown over to this area as well).

A female Black-capped Chickadee was banded, the first at this MAPS station. Chickadees are heard in the woods next to the house, but nothing like the din of chickadees heard in the Fall of 2010. More American Goldfinches were banded including a hatch-year male and an older male with two yellow flecks on the crown.

Sadly, no Red-winged Blackbirds were seen. A large fledging of RWBL juveniles occurred on Tuesday, July 24. The lack of Red-winged Blackbirds is a reminder that fall migration is not that far off. Two hatch-year European Starlings were banded. Several times during the day a chattering of about 50-70 starlings flew precariously close to Net 11.

Thank you to Shelby for net setup and teardown!  Tom Klotzbach