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 

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


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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

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