41 adult birds of 13 species banded, 1 hatch-year Song Sparrow, 11 recaps. 47 species observed in the study area, a handful already confirmed as local breeders.  Using our recently acquired and adapted roll-off, seven volunteers came out to High Acres Nature Area to start the third year of banding and birding for the MAPS program. Highlights included one particularly handsome female Red-winged Blackbird, a startlingly bright male Yellow Warbler, and the station’s first Common Yellowthroat banded.  There was also a good number of Wood Thrushes and Veerys; we had more banded and processed today than we had at the station all of last summer!

I also want to express my gratitude to Juliet Hildreth from Waste Management for making the roll-off/banding station conversion a possibility. The convenience and comforts that the roll-off are already providing this summer can’t be measured and we’re rather lucky to have it.  Thank you! Now for some pictures!  Samantha Gonzales

Female Red-winged Blackbird

Female Red-winged Blackbird

This Gray-cheeked Thrush was banded on 6/9, which is getting pretty late for this species.  They breed in northern Canada, so he (or she!) still has a long trip before nesting.

This Gray-cheeked Thrush was banded on 6/9, which is getting pretty late for this species. They breed in northern Canada, so he (or she!) still has a long trip before nesting.  Photo by Dominic Sherony.

Colin helps us check the nets

Colin helps us check the nets

Our new banding shelter!  Storage, shade, and style!

Our new banding shelter! Storage, shade, and style!