Sunday April 26, 2020:  10 new birds of 4 species; 4 recaps.  Bird of the day was Ruby-crowned Kinglet with 6 new bands.

We were only able to be open for the first two hours of the day, as rain moved in and shut us down.  In those two hours, we did catch more birds than on many of this season’s “complete” days, which made it extra-disappointing that we couldn’t continue.

While we are still getting new Golden-crowned Kinglets, Ruby-crowned are the little kings of the station now. Slightly larger than their golden cousins, these almost hyperactive birds never stop moving through the bushes and trees.  Turning this way and that with a flick of their tail, they beg you to look almost a moment too late as they flit away to another branch.  Their songs are equally as delightful  . . . they are more complex (and louder) than you might imagine.  We think RCKIs have the most beautiful eyes.  It’s as if they are wearing false eyelashes and a bit of white eyeliner, and they call to mind the cartoon eyes of manga and anime drawings.

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-Andrea Patterson