Sunday June 16, 2013

We started the 2013 MAPS season small.   Henry. Rodney and I set up nets at 4:45am and we made the first net check about 5:30. It was a windy start but not really blowing and cool. We had 22 new and 15 retraps; 12 species. New for this year’s MAPS season is: Black-billed Cuckoo,  Hairy Woodpecker, Wood Thrush, and Ovenbird.

Wood Thrush banded at Dead Creek.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Wood Thrush banded at Dead Creek. Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Overall it was slow until 10:00am. We had 11 birds on that net run. It was our busiest run of the day! And our only busy run. The kids loved helping release the birds for us.  Bird of the day was Gray Catbird with five banded.

Warren came right about then to help out.  About an hour later Claire showed up. Ryan got added  on the board for top bander for 2013. But he is behind Claire, Warren, and Mr. Olsen.

Becky’s friends from Texas came and brought donuts plus apple crumb muffins.  Some college students came and Rodney’s co–worker Betsy Stine and her three granddaughters came and joined us  again.  Becky Trombley’s chocolate chip cookies and her muffins were missed, as well as Becky  herself.  Brendan Collins, Lisa and Ethan Sausville were also missing.

At the end of the day Henry pulled a Black-billed Cuckoo from net number 9 near the bottom.  When Claire pulled the bird out of the bag, everyone was surprised to see it.  It was a MAPS first at Dead Creek!  Henry said that is the best bird of the season.  But who will get the award – Henry or Claire? Claire for banding it or Henry for taking it out of the net?

Black-billed Cuckoo showing bright red orbital ring.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Black-billed Cuckoo showing bright red orbital ring. Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Other highlights were a Wood Thrush which was originally banded July 22, 2011 and our third Hairy Woodpecker at Dead Creek.

Our next banding is scheduled for Sunday June 23, 2013 and the rain date is June 29, 2013.

Ryan Kayhart