Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Western Kingbird Photo

[Michael O'Brien took this photo of the Western Kingbird at the hawk watch this morning and notes, "Primary shape indicates a young male. I watched it eat sumac and porcelain berries, so maybe it'll be OK without bugs?" Adult Western Kingbirds have deeply notched outer primaries (p6-p10), which this bird does not, so it is a hatch year. Hatch year males do have a slight notch in the outermost primary which hatch year females lack, so this looks good for a male. Click to enlarge.]

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