September 20, 2010

Hawk weekend

This past weekend was "Hawk Weekend" up at the ridge, which basically means that tons of people come to hear talks and stare into the sky. I promptly left for the cities for the evening, missing most of the "fun." Slow goin' otherwise, but we're starting to catch more adult shins, which can be interesting. From their molts we're able to distinguish between hatch year (HY), second year (SY), and after second year (ASY) birds.

Here's an SY bird

An immature male american redstart recovering from a stressful bout in the nets

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