Monday, July 12, 2010

Songbird youngsters

A few weeks ago at Springbrook Nature Center banding session, we definitely got a great surprise - a Yellow-throated Vireo! We could hear them (multiple) singing in the treetops, so we knew they were around. The best part? A female with a definite brood patch, which was definitive proof that they were breeders there!

This young American Robin has the telltale white "spots" on the edges of the coverts - can you see them here?

Also see how the spots that are indicative of a youngster are still seen, but he is getting his orange breast!

This young Northern Cardinal doesn't look like he does as an adult - not the dusky plumage. He is also getting his feathers in - you can see quite a bit under the wing - tendons, etc.

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