June 21 was a nice day to band with warm temperatures. Gooey mud is now the rule in several of the net lanes and the water on the way out to the meadow nets is still very high. However, in each of the three MAPS sessions to date, none has been cut short by rain or high winds, so we have been lucky in dodging inclement weather on banding day.

17 new birds were banded, and 4 birds were recaptured. A female Wood Thrush was banded – perhaps the mate of the male banded on May 14. A female Baltimore Oriole was also banded and several other Baltimore Orioles were seen.  Common Yellowthroats and Yellow Warblers are now being banded and a fledged Red-winged Blackbird was encountered.

Adult male Common Yellowthroat.  Photo by Tom Klotzbach

Adult male Common Yellowthroat. Photo by Tom Klotzbach

Young Red-winged Blackbird.  Photo by Tom Klotzbach

Young Red-winged Blackbird. Photo by Tom Klotzbach

Several Eastern Meadowlarks were seen throughout the day. An American Kestrel who must have a nest very close issued an alarm call a couple of times when we walked near a stand of trees. A Purple Martin was heard overhead and a Killdeer is again being heard, perhaps trying to find a place for a nesting site. There are many Tree Swallows flying about – undoubtedly the recently fledged nestlings of a nearby nestbox. Barn Swallows are also being seen in greater numbers this year with a Barn Swallow nest being built attached to a fluorescent light fixture in a nearby garage.

Thank you to Gary for your help!       Tom Klotzbach