Friday July 5, 2013

It was a small crew with Henry, me and Mr. Olsen.  Henry and I set up nets while Rodney was getting the banding station ready. Henry brought an American Woodcock back from the first net run from one of the back nets. The last woodcock that was banded was in 2009.

Rodney and I took turns banding and scribing since our scribe Becky was missing. Also missing: Brendan, Warren, Lisa, Ethan, and Claire. While Claire was absent from Dead Creek, Ryan was able to catch up in top bander.   And now that leaves Henry and Mr. Olsen for perfect attendance. But that could change for our next banding session!  With Mr. Olsen absent for next MAPS banding, it could leave Henry with perfect attendance!

At 7:00 Ryan pulled our first Mourning Dove out of the net and a Dead Creek first.

First-ever Mourning Dove banded at Dead Creek.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

First-ever Mourning Dove banded at Dead Creek. Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Mr. Olsen brought  some kind of sticky tape that you put on your hat and it catches deer flies, and it was a contest to see who could catch more.

Mr. Olsen & Henry with sticky tape on their hats, trying to catch deer flies! Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Mr. Olsen & Henry with sticky tape on their hats, trying to catch deer flies!  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

I lost because I killed flies by hand and took the tape off because it got wrecked.  So I had minus 10 to start with. By almost the last net check Rodney and Henry tied. Last net check Mr.Olsen ended up with 6, Henry had 5, and I had minus 6

It was another slow MAPS period with 25 new birds with 18 retraps. The winds were not a factor.  So that could mean that it is either all the rain we have been getting or the small field towards the creek is corn now (not the right habitat).

Bird of the day is Gray Catbird with 5 banded.

Hatch year Gray Catbird.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Hatch year Gray Catbird. Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Following close behind is Song Sparrow with 4.   There were 3 species of HY Birds –  Song Sparrow, Yellow Warbler, and Gray Catbird.

Next banding date is Sunday July 14.    Ryan Kayhart