7/31/2007

MAPS Visit Seven, July 30, 2007

Juv. American Robin (TRCA)


The 2007 MAPS season ended with our last visit yesterday. Conditions were fairly cool to start and became hot and humid by net closure at noon. Overall, it was a great way to end the season as the site was very active with an excellent variety of species. The nets were comparatively quiet, although we did manage to capture 46 birds, one of the busier visits of the season. A Green Heron foraging in the stream, and numerous young warblers (Yellow, Mourning, Common Yellowthroat, Redstart) were noteworthy. Net 10 (more of an interior forest location) was buzzing with activity all morning, which is likely a result of the dense, fruit-bearing honeysuckle shrubs found there.

Thanks are due to Seabrooke Leckie (visits 1-5) and Chris Dunn (visits 6-7) for their indispensable assistance this summer!

Banded
2-American Redstart
1-Traill's Flycatcher
2-House Wren
1-Black-capped Chickadee
2-Song Sparrow
2-Downy Woodpecker
4-Cedar Waxwing
17-Gray Catbird
1-Wood Thrush
6-American Robin

Recaptures
1-House Wren
5-Gray Catbird
1-Wood Thrush
1-American Robin

7/24/2007

MAPS Visit 6, July 23, 2007

Nashville Warbler (TRCA)

Our 6th visit to Claireville Conservation Area for the MAPS program in 2007 was a busy one indeed. A total of 65 birds were captured on the day (56 banded, 9 recaptured), which was a major jump in activity from the previous visit on July 12. The numbers of juvenile Gray Catbirds in the study area were impressive as were the mixed feeding flocks moving along the ridge. The sighting of a Green Heron atop the trees, and the capture of several juv. Wood Thrushes and 3 three adult Nashville Warblers were highlights. Wood Thrushes and American Redstarts have likely finished breeding as just a couple songs were noted. The MAPS project will wrap-up for 2007 next week.

Banded:56

3-Nashville Warbler
2-Black-capped Chickadee
3-Yellow Warbler
1-Warbling Vireo
1-House Wren
6-Song Sparrow
4-Cedar Waxwing
4-Wood Thrush
24-Gray Catbird
1-Rose-breasted Grosbeak
5-American Robin
1-Northern Cardinal
1-Common Grackle

Recaptured:9
2-Wood Thrush
2-Gray Catbird
4-Song Sparrow
1-American Robin

7/20/2007

MAPS Visit 5, July 12

Juvenile House Wren (TRCA)

MAPS visit 5 on July 12 at Claireville Conservation Area was an interesting visit as more juveniles and moulting adults were evident (as expected). In 2006 it was the final two visits when we experienced a heavy post-breeding dispersal. The dispersal is of particular interest to us as we examine the effects of habitat connectivity on breeding bird communities in urban settings. There are many questions to answer about the viability of urban forests for breeding landbirds and the subject is especially important if we are to retain biodiversity in the face of urban expansion.

Sightings of Vesper Sparrow and Eastern Phoebe were new for the project and observation of a female AMRE feeding young was noteworthy. Wood Thrushes are still around and it will be interesting to see if any more juvs turn up on our next MAPS visit.

Banded
1-American Redstart
1-Traill's Flycatcher
1-House Wren
1-American Goldfinch
3-Song Sparrow
4-Gray Catbird
1-Wood Thrush
1-Baltimore Oriole
3-Northern Cardinal
3-American Robin

Recaptured
5-Gray Catbird
1-Wood Thrush
3-Northern Cardinal
1-American Robin

Captured Unbanded
1-Rose-breasted Grosbeak

7/14/2007

MAPS Visit 4- July 6, 2007

Our 4th MAPS visit went well. A total of 33 birds were captured, which included the banding of a whopping 6 new Wood Thrushes (mostly adults) and 2 dispersing Ovenbirds (presumed failed breeders from somewhere nearby).

Banded-30

House Wren-3
Black-capped Chickadee-3
American Goldfinch-1
Ovenbird-2
Downy Woodpecker-3
Gray Catbird-9
Wood Thrush-6
American Robin-1
Northern Cardinal-1
Blue Jay-1

Recaptures-3

Wood Thrush-3


Wood Frog near net 2 (unusual for the area)

7/02/2007

MAPS Visit 3- June 26, 2007

American Redstart (TTPBRS-Seabrooke Leckie)

Visit 3 to the Claireville MAPS station occurred on June 26. The morning started off comfortably and by the end was quite scorching. A record 4 Wood Thrushes were banded along with just our second Baltimore Oriole in the two years of the project. Several Horned Larks were observed in their song flights to the south of the study area. Despite their constant presence we still have yet to capture any woodpeckers, Red-eyed Vireos or Common Yellowthroats this year. The next few weeks will be very interesting with the beginning of post-breeding dispersal for both adults and young. Perhaps a Pileated Woodpecker, Brown Creeper, Sedge Wren or Upland Sandpiper will make an appearance. All of these species and many more have been encountered within the boundaries of the conservation area this summer. Capture summary and more pictures below.

Banded (23)
1-American Redstart
1-House Wren
1-Yellow Warbler
2-American Goldfinch
5-Song Sparrow
5-Gray Catbird
4-Wood Thrush
1-Baltimore Oriole
2-American Robin
1-Northern Cardinal

Recaptures (7)
1-Northern Cardinal
1-American Goldfinch
3-Gray Catbird
1-American Redstart
1-Song Sparrow

One of the meadows bordering the Hawthorn-Maple-Oak forest. Bobolinks and Horned Larks are common here (TTPBRS-Seabrooke Leckie).

Seabrooke Leckie checking the nets (TRCA).

Juvenile Song Sparrows are starting to appear (TTPBRS-Seabrooke Leckie).

A remarkable 4 Wood Thrushes were banded (TRCA).

Net 4 at the Claireville MAPS station (TTPBRS-Seabrooke Leckie)