Last CLDC MAPS Session
A recaptured Common Yellowthroat who remembers me from last year.
Today was our last CLDC MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) banding session for the 2007 season! This was such a wonderful year and I can’t wait to enter all my data into the computer to learn how this season compared with other years. I promise in the near future that I will do a summary for both CLDC and SWAT banding station.
Young Naturalist J removing a Hummingbird from the Mist Net
With the temperatures cooler than expected in the morning (51F), it wasn’t till almost closing time that the temperatures reached over 80F. We had different spurts of birds throughout the day and was able to captured 12 different species. I shouldn’t count the Ruby Throated Hummingbird since my permit doesn’t allow me to band them. We had 26 newly banded birds, 5 recaptured birds and the hummingbird. This was a wonderful warbler day with 9 Chestnut-sided Warblers, 3 Common Yellowthroats, 1 American Redstart, 1 Magnolia Warbler and 1 Ovenbird. We were also happy with the Indigo Buntings, House Wrens and the flycatcher we caught. Young Naturalist J was field assistant for the day and Sam (and her mother) also arrived for our last banding session.
Sam releasing a Common Yellowthroat.
I would like to thank Young Naturalist J (and his parents) for making it to so many banding sessions that we have. You are a great Banding Assistant (except when you take my hat, I still owe you for that) and I can always rely on you being their when needed. I have many other (awesome) banding assistants like Young Naturalist C, Young Naturalist E and Young Naturalist H who also deserves just as much of a “huge” THANKS for all of your help when you are able to make it. We have have the many families, friends, et al. . . . who take the time to visit the banding station who I greatly appreciate doing so. It is all of you who volunteers that allow me to run this station (since I couldn’t do it by myself). THANKS EVERYONE!!
Young male Common Yellowthroat
It shouldn’t be too long before many of these birds start their migration south and my Owl Season begins in two months. This gives me some time to dabble with my back yard banding and getting back to more of my nature photography that I have been slacking on lately.
Young Magnolia Warbler (sorry best picture I got of it)