In the meantime we are still working with Dr Ed Rykiel on his project. We go out to local parks on most Tuesdays and today was no exception. His project color bands four species; White-crowned Sparrows, Song Sparrows, House Finches, and Dark-eyed Juncos. They are only banded with one color that indicates the location banded. We have typically been catching the two sparrow species and a few more regulars. The juncos aren't back yet and the House Finches are more typically caught later at feeders.
Today we banded 14 birds. Most were the expected Song and White-crowned Sparrows. We also caught a Bewick's Wren. There were three other really fun birds: Almost first off we caught an Orange-crowned Warbler. This one was quite yellow, typical of a western sub-species.
Then we caught two Golden-crowned Kinglets. Usually this species is very high in coniferous trees. We have seen them low in shrubs during migration before so maybe they were moving. This is #117 if you are following my banding life list. Both birds were male and showed off their golden crown with the hidden red stripe. It doesn't entirely show in this photo but you can see a hint of red.
Later we caught a Golden-crowned Sparrow. Both "golden" birds were new for Bill.
Not a bad day of banding.