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.
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.’