...I realized today that I do not. With birding, it's bad enough that we have to figure out males from females, immatures from young adults, breeding plumage from non-breeding plumage, spring from fall warblers, etc, but today's smackdown was this:
How does this yellow and black bird....
...become THIS dark-chestnut and black bird???
Well, they are all male Orchard Orioles, the yellow/black combo fellow is a yearling, shoot me now:
My sentiments exactly, buddy, arghhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
So let's keep it simple with what we all know and love, the American Robin!
Seriously, folks, this morning I did a quick dash through Thickson's Woods and the east end of the Harbourfront Trail before doing another cottage run, ending the one-hour stint with four new Year birds, beginning with this vocal Gray Catbird that did not want to fully present itself to me:
I spent most of my time on the lakeshore side of the woods, where I discovered the "yearling male" Orchard Oriole, and in the same shrub discovered this female Rose-breasted Grosbeak eating an unlucky lady bug:
I heard and saw several Baltimore Orioles, but had less luck in photographing them in their entirety:
I also encountered my first "Mr. FITZbew" for the year, aka Willow Flycatcher, and those dots are indeed bugs:
This Yellow Warbler was enjoying himself:
And just to mix it up a bit, I was pleased to see two different species getting along so well!
To wrap up my hit-and-run outing with yet another YELLOW species, here's the male and female American Goldfinch:
So I find myself today drowning in a sea of YELLOW, so will sign off now as I have to begin reading my newly-purchased copy of the new National Geographic "Bird Coloration" book!
P.S. ...and yes, my Yellow-rumped Warbler greeted me upon my arrival at the cottage today!