Sunday August 20, 2017: 17 new birds of 10 species, 13 recaps.  New species:  Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler and Wilson’s Warbler.  Bird of the day was American Redstart with 5 new bands.

It was a crew of one today, and an absolutely perfect morning . . . clear skies, cool and with a light breeze, a couple birds every run, and seven species of warblers.  Walking five miles on a morning like this is nothing short of delightful.

There wasn’t anything terribly remarkable about the day, but the star bird may have been this young male Wilson’s Warbler.  If you look carefully at his cap, you might see some yellow “speckles”.  Those speckles are the trailing edges of the feathers, and they are all frosted in yellowish-green – which is typical of a young male bird in the fall.  Older males will have a relatively solid black cap, without frosting.

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