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More MAPS Bird Banding

Noah getting ready to release an American Goldfinch (photo by Noah’s dad)

By: Pat Coate

There was a nice group of folks keeping Tom company at his bird banding site this past weekend. Some of the visitors included Grant and his dad and grandfather who traveled all the way from Ohio to check things out after hearing Tom speak at the Chautauqua Institute. And Noah and Sammy came with their parents to see the birds and to help release them. Despite the heat, it was a very ‘birdy’ morning with lots of activity in the nets as well as the area around the site.

Bird Banding at Allegany State Park

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (juvenile)

By: Pat Coate

Enjoyed spending a recent Saturday morning at Tom’s bird banding station in Allegany State Park. It is always fun to be able to see the birds so closely – and to really examine the features that often only seem to exist in field guides!

This second year yellow-bellied sapsucker was a bit unusual because it has not started showing any red on its head (or throat if it is male).

Tom’s bird banding is part of the Institute of Bird Population’s MAPS program. MAPS stands for Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship. Analysis of the data Tom and other bird-banders collect “provides critical information relating to the ecology, conservation, and management of North American landbird populations, and the factors responsible for changes in their populations.” (Source:

Budding Birders Meet Tom

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Logan, Maddie and Lilly with Tom (check out the Mon@rch tattoos)

By: Pat Coate

My sister and her young family recently visited and we had a wonderful morning learning more about birds and getting to see them up close at Tom’s banding site in Napoli.  Tom is very knowledgeable, gracious, and a born educator.

What fun we all had – as expressed so well by Maddie:  “Bird banding was awesome!  You should have seen the birds that were there!”  Here are some pictures from our birding experience.


SWAT Bird Banding

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By: Pat Coate

I had a lot of fun spending Monday morning with Tom at his SWAT bird banding station.

To me, birding is a bit like a treasure hunt. Sometimes a frustrating treasure hunt, but a treasure hunt nonetheless. There are birds everywhere you just have to look and listen for them. There are maps, field guides, iPhone apps, etc. to help you along the way. There is always more to learn in birding – the male and female usually look different, each gender can look different at different times of the year, and the young often look different still. There are the birds’ calls to learn – and each bird has more than one. If that’s not enough challenge, the little buggers don’t stay still very long making it hard to get a good long look at them.

That is why I really enjoy visiting Tom at his bird banding station. It is really nice to get an up-close, prolonged look at the many different birds that he is able to capture, band and release.