Male waxwings have extensive black feathering under the chin shown somewhat in the following picture(below top) compared with females (below bottom).
The red appendages are actually a pigmented extension of the feather shafts.
I captured four more Tree Swallows, one on Wednesday and three on Saturday. These birds spend most of their time in flight and their long wings are perfectly adapted for amazing acrobatics.They circle and glide grabbing insects while flying.
Tree Swallows don't spend much time on the ground perching instead on wires, bare branches, nest boxes, and one male likes to perch on top of one of the net poles! Because of this they have evolved with short, little legs.
The first weekend in June was windy and wet so I didn't band again until Monday the 7th. The best bird of the day was probably another Traill's Flycatcher.
Total birds: 93 Total species: 46
Total banded species: 17 Birds/100 net-hrs: 22
Great Blue Heron
Great Black-backed Gull
Ruby-throated Hummingbird- 2
Traill's Flycatcher- 1
Tree Swallow- 4
Black-capped Chickadee- 16
Carolina Wren- 1
American Robin- 3
Gray Catbird- 21
Cedar Waxwing- 3
Common Yellowthroat- 18
Northern Cardinal- 2
Eastern Towhee- 1
Song Sparrow- 14