April 7, 2012  10 birds of 6 species; 5 recaps.  New species: Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  Two e-birders have reported seeing a total of three Ruby-crowned Kinglets in the Braddock Bay area, but we were really surprised to catch one this early in the season!  A recap also deserves mention today – a Song Sparrow first banded on September 29, 2009 as a hatch year bird.  It is now in its fourth year!  When we opened the nets this morning, we were startled to see 20 Wild Turkeys in the field.  One male was strutting around with his tail fanned, and two other males faced off in a fight.  After a few minutes, the entire group walked off into the woods.  Later in the morning, we were thrilled to see an American Kestrel perched on a tall pole in the field.  We watched for a few minutes before it finally took off and flew over the pine trees.  We didn’t mind that the turkeys missed out nets, but we would have liked to have seen the Kestrel up close! Andrea Patterson

Male Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Photo by Andrea Patterson