We had a very good day of banding with 78 new birds and 15 recaptures of 21 different species. There were several highlights today including a our first Golden-crowned Kinglet, our 2nd Least Flycatcher, 3rd Eastern Wood-Pewee, and our 3rd Mourning Dove of the season. Additionally, Yellow-rumped Warblers numbers are starting to increase with 10 banded. We also recaptured a Yellow-rumped Warbler that had a band number that I did not recognize. I was hoping that it would be a bird that was banded elsewhere, but it turned out to be a bird that was banded last fall on October 22nd at KIBS. Unlike the returning Gray Catbird from a few days ago, this is the first time it has been recaptured since it was banded.
|Golden-crowned Kinglet (after hatch-year, male)|
Golden-crowned Kinglets can be sexed by the presence or absence of orange in the crown. Males will have orange in the crown and females will lack orange. This may not be obvious in the field as the orange can be somewhat concealed behind the yellow and black stripes on the head.
|Golden-crowned Kinglet (male)|
This Eastern Wood-Pewee can be aged as an after hatch-year by the white edged primary and secondary coverts. Hatch-years birds will have buffy edged wing coverts.
|Eastern Wood-Pewee (after hatch-year, sex unknkown)|