Birds, and me too! As I may have mentioned here a time or two, my little summer cabin has no heat, so I’m moving my ‘winter needs’ stuff into another little house nearby. I seem to migrate with the birds!
Wednesday’s banding brought this very fine yellow palm warbler. I have a soft spot for these, because they remind me so of my years living in Florida – where palm trees and palm warblers are plentiful! In their breeding plumage, which we seldom see in NJ, the males have a rust-colored cap.
Male rose-breasted grosbeaks were also on the move – we caught two. These are absolutely stunning birds. Grosbeaks are called ‘grosbeaks’ for a very good reason! In spite of their good looks, their personalities are not quite as spectacular in the hand. Of course, I don’t blame them for biting. This particular fellow was very smart. I tried to offer him a bit of twig to bite instead, but he invariably ignored the twig and went for my fingers. He knew the difference. I finally stopped insulting his intelligence by offering substitutes and just granted him some satisfaction. What’s fair is fair. But, Ow!