FOG AT THE CLDC MAPS
This morning was one of our foggiest days that we have had at the CLDC MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) Banding Station in a VERY long time. I feared that this thick fog would reduce the number of birds that we would end up capturing. Instead the birdies were soo abundant that we found ourselves spending most of our time trying to catch up with net checks!
Robin meet Robin
Young Naturalist J was the field assistant for the day and Robin also assisted with the banding. We captured 46 individuals, banded 12 different species and collected our last 9 Avian Bird Flu samples for the season (yeah, so glad to have these completed). We placed new bands on 37 individuals and recaptured 8 birds. We did have an escaped Song Sparrow who accidentally escaped from my hand before I could place a band on its leg (little booger).
The Song Sparrows were the most abundantly captured bird today with 19 captures and Common Yellow Throats followed with 7 captures. We also had some great surprises like 3 Indigo Buntings, 3 Red-eyed Vireos and a Magnolia Warbler. Highlight of the day would have been an American Woodcock if it had actually flown into the net but quickly flew parallel to the net once we spooked it.
Bird continued to be busy up to our “10 o’clock rush” which is about the time that the sun started peaking through the fog. I guess you can never presume what nature will end up doing because they will always end up surprising you.