We ended October on a fun note with the capture of this tiny Ruby-crowned kinglet, another species that is a common winter visitor to most of the southeastern US but is rare in deep south Florida.
This bird is a male. The top photo shows the bird with its’ crown feathers in a normal posture, hiding the ruby cap. We have parted the feathers in the lower photos to show off the red patch. The males flare this patch in the springtime when they are getting exciteable and starting to sing.
October at a glance: 1148 birds banded of 49 species. Days open: 31.
Gray catbird- 310
Black-throated blue warbler- 269
Common yellowthroat- 99
American redstart- 61
Western palm warbler- 55
Black & white warbler- 41
Painted bunting- 34
Northern parula- 31
Worm-eating warbler- 16