The final MAPS session was successfully completed on an overcast morning that threatened rain. We ended up closing after 4 1/2 hours due to a light shower and more rain on the radar. The day ended with 16 new birds banded and 4 recaptures of 9 different species. Cardinals and Gray Catbirds made up the majority of birds banded with 6 of each. We also had a Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

Carolina Wren
Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

and a Ruby-throated Hummingbird which sat nicely in Dr. Waud’s hand before flying off.
Hummer at Rest! Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

Hummer at Rest!
Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

This season a total of 146 newly banded birds, 75 recaptures, and 5 unbanded birds of 27 different species added up to 226 birds. Two new species were also banded this year: Tree Swallow and Black-billed Cuckoo. A big thank you to the 22 volunteers that came out to help this year! Running the MAPS station would not be possible without your help. The continued support of Waste Management, who own HANA, is also very greatly appreciated.
-Meghan