The lesson of MAPS banding on June 14 was that the only thing worse than water in the net lanes and over a foot of water on the path to the meadow nets – is a hole in your boot. Water. Everywhere. Places that in ten years never had standing water in June were wet – and muddy. Due to the high amount of clay in soils, the mud was also slippery making walking a slow go. But regardless, 17 new birds were banded, and 2 birds were re-captured. The first Wood Thrush of the season was banded – a male that had been singing in the woods for 2-3 weeks.
The parade of American Robins and Red-winged Blackbirds continued, including a male American Robin who had a wing chord of 137mm.
Cedar Waxwings are now in the area in force and several of them were banded – with the difference in numbers of waxy tips allowing for a good comparison between younger and older birds.
Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlarks were seen and heard, the former having moved further to the south in the remaining meadow and the latter in and around un-mowed portions of lawn and around the edges of meadow. Barn Swallows would fly straight at a net and at the last second just clear the top panel of the mist net. There were multiple Tree Swallows in the area as parents attended to nestlings in two nestboxes. A Northern Mockingbird continues to stay in the area and has the Eastern Bluebird churl down pat. Multiple Baltimore Orioles were again heard. Thank you to Gary, Marilyn and Pat for their help! Tom Klotzbach