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[Left] One of the most common breeding birds at MBO, Red-winged Blackbirds have
nonetheless avoided the nets so far this spring. The first one caught was this
second-year male, still showing much rusty edging on the wings and back, and
with orange rather than fully red epaulets. [Right] A male Ruby-crowned Kinglet hanging out in one of our newest weighing tubes. These,
inspired by similar ones in use at Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory in Ontario, allow
us to put the bird in for weighing from one end, and then remove a cap from the other end
to let them fly out, rather than backing out the tube. They have been a great success,
though every once in a while we get a bird like this that seems quite content to sit inside for a while before taking flight.