Thursday April 19, 2012.  50 new birds of 15 species; 5 recaps.  No new species.  It was a beautiful day at BBBO – the sky was a clear blue and there was just a hint of breeze.  The Red Admirals continued their invasion, and they were joined by really big green dragonflies (Green Darners perhaps?).  The morning started off with a quiz bird for all of us . . . a palm warbler – but of which variety?  It looked yellower than the pictures of Western Palm Warblers, but not quite as yellow as the Yellow Palm Warbler.  Since we couldn’t raise Betsy on her cell phone, we risked an early morning phone call to Bob Spahn who supported our suspicion that ours was a Western Palm.  Laura had a cool moment mid-morning, as she held her first ever Sharp-shinned Hawk and released it back into the air.  We were able to watch it fly all the way over the field in land in the trees on the south side, perhaps to adjust its feathers.  Over the course of the morning, we banded 20 Ruby-crowned Kinglets and 1 Golden-crowned.  But certainly the most unusual bird of the day was our “Orange-crowned Kinglet.”  Clearly a Ruby-crowned Kinglet based on its overall plumage and partial eye-ring, this little bird sported an orange cap instead of the typical red.  Thanks to Rick, Virginia, Pat and Laura, who kept everything running smoothly while I cleaned the lab preparing for the many guests we hope to see this weekend.                                Andrea Patterson
Western Palm Warbler.  Photo by Andrea Patterson

Western Palm Warbler. Photo by Andrea Patterson

Orange-crowned male Ruby-crowned Kinglet   Photo by Andrea Patterson

Orange-crowned male Ruby-crowned Kinglet Photo by Andrea Patterson