The first of the year! These little guys can be sexed by measuring the length of the ‘chestnut’ cap on their head.
He was a bitey screamer, but such a beautiful bird! Love these guys and having one at the banding station today was a treat. Western Tangers are great for our northern forests as they are a major consumer of the spruce budworm and other tree pests.
We also saw her hubby by the same net. She may seem a little drab but she was very sweet so she made the cut.
This female Brown-headed Cowbird was the first bird banded at CHIP for the summer of 2012. Some other highlights of the day were a Baltimore Oriole, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak and a Swainson’s Thrush at the banding site.