Where did the weekend go?  I spent this morning banding a few migrants (very quiet out there today) and speaking with a couple of visiting birders who are going to take part in the World Series of Birding next Saturday.  Then, 200 kids descended on the camp, and I was called to lead two separate groups in a Pond Ecology class.  Not my usual area, but how can you not have fun catching tadpoles and frogs and other water critters?  The capture of a giant water bug brought screams of “cockroach!” from most of these kids.  A great time was had by all – except for maybe the pond critters.

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Tomorrow the regular pond ecology instructor will be here, and I can get back to the bird classes.  This morning’s catch included this handsome second-year redwinged blackbird.  He was aged as a second-year because of the yellow/orange color of his wing coverts (older birds will have deeper shades of red) and the presence of some black-tipped speckles in the coverts.

This stunning little bird is a yellow warbler.  It definitely was the ‘Cutie of the Day.’

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  1. Lynne from Hasty Brook Says:

    I’m always so excited to see your close-ups of banded birds. It’s such a good chance to see details that I would never be able to see in the field.

    That and they’re GORGEOUS!!!

    Mr. second year red-winged blackbird looks a bit miffed.

  2. mon@rch Says:

    Without a doubt a cutie! Was up at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory and assisted in doing some banding up their! Got some great photos but nothing like your yellow warblers! Bravo!

  3. Ruth Says:

    I wish there were photos like these in my bird guides!

  4. KGMom Says:

    Cutie indeed. Lovely photos–such detail in the feathers. That always amazes me–how the camera can pick up such fine detail.

  5. John Says:

    I love the blackbird’s expression!


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