The fourth MAPS banding session at Rollins Savanna this season took place on Friday, July 2. We could not have asked for better weather! It was clear and remained relatively cool all morning, only reaching into the upper 70s just as we were finishing up.
Rollins Savanna banding station, photo by Janice Sweet
Unfortunately, we could have asked for better numbers of birds. On several net runs we came up empty or had just one or two birds. Once a single net caught 7 Song Sparrows; the rest of the day was extremely slow.
Juvenile (left) and adult Song Sparrows, photo by Janice Sweet
I banded two male American Robins and one male Common Yellowthroat. Other than that, I did a lot of sitting around that morning. It certainly was a lovely day for it. 🙂
Skulling an American Robin, photo by Janice Sweet
We did have the first Blue-gray Gnatcatcher of the season, but the rest of the birds were the usual suspects.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, photo by Janice Sweet
Black-capped Chickadee release, photo by Janice Sweet