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American Redstart

Many people have never seen this little wood warbler, though itís one of North Americaís most common birds. Like many warblers, the American redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) spends its time in second-growth shrubbery and does not come to feeders. Itís a striking bird with a habit of flashing its colorful wing and tale patches as it flutters like a butterfly chasing insects. The maleís patches are orange, the femaleís, yellow. A good time to see this and many other common and not-so-common warblers is during the fall bird banding at Kiptopeke State Park.


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