Monday, July 20, 2009

Babies and More Babies

Banding this weekend yielded a good snapshot of the bird world, and how just about all species were in the process of having young, or raising them. One of the Cedar Waxwings had a brood patch, which you can see here. It was neat to see those waxy tips up close. In the first photo, Mark demonstrates one of the ways we can sex the birds - by measuring the "black" on the chin.

This Song Sparrow is definitely a juvenile - note the overall "messy" appearance and less prnounced markings under the chin.

This young Downy Woodpecker has a distinct pattern to the red on his head - it appears closer to the front of the top of the head, not the back.

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