Common Yellowthroat (female)
This is the only close-up view I've had of the red part of the wing, the part for which the Cedar "Waxwing" gets its name. The red tips look like wax! Cool!
Eastern Phoebe (collecting food for its nestlings)
Notice that it is a banded bird (see its right leg has the tiny band on it?)
Common Yellowthroat (male)
Baltimore Oriole (female)
A man was weed-whacking just outside of this Tree Swallow's nesting box, so it was peeking out trying to figure out what the heck was going on.
Mark B was showing us the male reproductive organ (called cloaca) of this male Robin. Blowing on the feathers exposed the cloaca, which is swollen for about a month during mating season. For females, they look for a bald spot in this same general area, which is a brooding patch for keeping eggs warm in the nest.
This may have been my favorite bird, albeit a common Robin, because I got to hold it before it was released. I was afraid to do it and didn't have as good a grasp up by its body as I should have of its legs, so I let it go from my grip, rather than placing it on my open palm. But, at least it was a strong, tough Robin and I didn't hurt it. That was my first experience holding a bird, and I hope to try it again another time.
Northern Cardinal (female)