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HANA MAPS SESSION 6

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Saturday July 26 2014

Saturday started out overcast and chilly but the sun was out and hot by the time we closed. The morning was quiet with very little singing going on this late in the season. A total of 20 new birds and 8 recaptures of 13 species were banded.

In addition, we added four new species to the season total: Baltimore Oriole, Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch

Adult Male American Goldfinch Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

Adult Male American Goldfinch
Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

and a surprise Red-eyed Vireo!

Adult Red-eyed Vireo Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

Adult Red-eyed Vireo
Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

This brought us up to 27 species for the season. Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help!

Meghan Oberkircher

HANA MAPS SESSION #5

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The fifth MAPS session at HANA was a beautiful, cool morning with birds on all but the last net run. We finished with 23 new and 14 recaptures of 10 different species. Many of the birds caught this session were juveniles.

Along with the usual Yellow Warblers and Gray Catbirds we added two new species for the season. The first, a Warbling Vireo, has been caught at HANA in the past.

Warbling Vireo Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

Warbling Vireo
Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

The second, had been heard in the area earlier in the week and we were told to listen for it. Although we did not hear the bird, we did manage to catch a SY Black-billed Cuckoo, which was a brand new species for the HANA MAPS station!

SY Black-billed Cuckoo Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

SY Black-billed Cuckoo
Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

This bird topped off a great day of banding.

-Meghan

KAISER MAPS SESSION 5

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Monday July 14, 2014 14 new birds and 8 recaptures.

It was a beautiful day to be out birding for Pat Lovallo, Aggie 
Windig, Dr. Sue Smith and Meghan Oberkircher. A good supply of Deet kept 
us alive in the woods. 

You could not help but think the deer were just 
out of site in the woods quietly watching us. Their foot prints were 
everywhere. 

We had 14 new birds and 8 recaptures. The unusual catch of 
the day was the Wilson’s warbler. A wayward traveler perhaps. 

Aggie keyed out a number of new plants and kept up our plant identification 
skills for upcoming habitat studies. Summer is fading quickly. The 
temperatures in Rochester are in the 60’s with lots of rain making paths 
muddy.

Marian Klik

DEAD CREEK MAPS SESSION 5

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Saturday July 12, 2014  26 new and 13 retraps

Henry and Becky got the Station ready. Shortly after Mr. Olsen and I arrived we set up nets with Henry. The nets were open at sunrise on a nice Sunny morning.

We also had help from Lisa and Ethan for the day.   Becky’s friends from Texas joined us once again. And they brought homemade breakfast bake and Dunkin Donuts.  Becky brought her famous chocolate cookies and she made Almond butter Cookies.

Bird of the day Song Sparrow with 6 banded and we also had 4 brown thrashers.

Becky banded a couple of birds to get on the score board for top bander.

But the highlight was a Dead Creek first – a female Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Chestnut-sided Warbler Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Female Chestnut-sided Warbler
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

It  looks like it will be the bird of the year. Also we had two more Ovenbirds and a Veery which is new for the season.

 

Ryan Kayhart

 

DEAD CREEK MAPS SESSION 4

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July 6,2014  26 new and  15 retraps.

Henry and I arrived at Dead Creek at 4:46am to set up the station and then we went to open the nets. As we were going to open the nets Claire and Becky drove in  to the station! Becky brought her delicious muffins.   Claire and me did most of the banding.

Claire checking for fat on a Gray Catbird Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Claire checking body molt on a Gray Catbird
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Henry banded a bird to get added to the scoreboard for top bander!

Ryan has been top bander for the past two years. Who will it be this year?

Female Downy Woodpecker Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Female Downy Woodpecker
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Ryan seems to have the lead for now. But that could change. Bird of day was Gray Catbird with 6 banded. Becky’s friends from Texas came back and have coming back five years. Usually they come for two or three Maps sessions. This year they could make it four.

Ovenbird  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Ovenbird
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Ryan Kayhart

 

HANA MAPS SESSION 4

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July 5, 2014  10 new birds, 12 recaps, of 10 species.

The weather was cooperative and pleasantly cool for the fourth MAPS session at HANA. The birds were not so cooperative. We had a very slow day with ten new birds and twelve recaptures of ten different species. The fledglings continue to trickle in.
We caught the usual Yellow Warblers and Gray Catbirds with the addition of a juvenile Veery.
Juvenile Veery Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

Juvenile Veery
Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

There were many birds singing around the area and some Cedar Waxwings stopped by the station. Thank you to all the volunteers who managed to get up early the day after the 4th of July.
-Meghan Oberkircher

DEAD CREEK MAPS SESSION 3

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Friday June 27,2014  19 19 new birds and 13 retraps.

Once again it was a very small crew, with  Henry, me and Mr. Olsen.

After we got the station ready, Henry and I were headed out to start to open

nets when Mr. Olsen drove in.  Along with him were Ian and Ryley.

All nets were open at sunrise. The morning started foggy in the early part of the day. By 7am

the fog was gone. Mr. Olsen and I banded, and checked nets 1-5, while Henry picked the back nets.

Rodney Olsen Banding Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Rodney Olsen Banding
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Ryley did the scribing.

Ryley Olsen - our scribe Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Ryley Olsen – our scribe
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Bird of the day Song Sparrow with 6 banded.

Song Sparrow Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Song Sparrow
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

About mid mourning we watched a bald eagle

try to take a fish out of an Osprey’s talons.  But it looked like the eagle didn’t have any luck.

Our next banding day will be Sunday July 6.

Ryan Kayhart

 

KAISER MAPS SESSION 4

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July 3, 2014  10 new bands, 7 recaps

The weather just barely cooperated, with low-hanging clouds and 
occasional sprinkles but with the help of the canopy, we all made it. 
Helping out today were Aggie Windig, Meghan Oberkircher, Jenna 
Holzschuh, Peggy Keller, Pat Lovalo and Dr. “Sue”, as she has lovingly 
been called. Two other RIT students may be joining us in the coming 
weeks. 

There are 34 species of birds nesting, flying by, singing, being 
banded or feeding their young but, not as many as we would like to see 
in the nets. One deer watched as I took a bird out of net five. 
The deer are getting braver. 
The highlight of the day was the hatch year Northern Flicker who noisely 
protested the entire time from net, through banding and release. The 
mosquitos started their fourth of July feast early with or without bug 
spray. Hoping to see more young birds out our next MAPS in a week or so.

Marian Klik

HANA MAPS SESSION #3

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Saturday June 28, 2014.  24 new birds of 14 species; 10 recaps.

After a rainy morning with a threat of lightning forced us to close after an hour on Tuesday, we got the rest of the six hours on Saturday.

On Tuesday, Dr. Waud and the banding station were featured on the Giving Back segment of Time Warner Cable News. The clip can be viewed here:  http://rochester.twcnews.com/content/news/giving_back/.

Between the two days we got 24 new birds and 10 recaptures of 14 species. Saturday was a particularly good day because we did not have a single net run without birds! We caught a good variety with Gray Catbirds leading the way. We also got Indigo Buntings, a first for this summer, Veery, Carolina Wrens, and a pair of very nice Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.

Female Indigo Bunting Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

Female Indigo Bunting
Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

Adult Male & Female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

Adult Male & Female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

Like last banding session, our only woodpecker of the day came on the last net run, an ATY Downy Woodpecker. Thank you to the volunteers who came out in the rain and for the unexpected rain date.

Meghan Oberkircher