We were able to get a couple hours of banding in before the wind got too strong to safely operate the nets. As expected it was another slow morning with only 8 new birds and 2 recaptures of 8 different species. The Bird-of-the-Day was our 2nd Red-breasted Nuthatch of the season! So far, it has been a banner year for Red-breasted Nuthatches in the southeast, and I hope the trend will continue into the winter as well.
Red-breasted Nuthatches are sexually dimorphic with males generally supporting a much brighter orange breast than females. In addition, males will have a distinct black cap compared to the female's gray cap as illustrated in the photos below.
|Red-breasted Nuthatch (male banded on 10-26-12: note the black crown)|