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