For the rest of you playing along,
The critter that bit me today is in this photo taken by Birdchick:
See him going after my thumb? Didn't really hurt bad though, and didn't break the skin.
Here's another picture that Lynne took right before I opened my hand for him to fly away.
What was I doing with a cardinal in my hands, you ask? Well Lynne picked me up this morning at about 8:30 and we headed on down to the Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings because they do bird bandings down there every Friday.
The lovely and charming Birdchick was there.
Here's a picture of her getting a sparrow out of the net:
Lynne also got to do the release for a couple of the birds; a catbird, and this goldfinch:
One really cool bird that I got to see that I'd never seen before was this one. Any guesses as to what it is?:
And a full body shot with his wings flapping, and the hand holding on to him:
So, you all guessed that it was a young yellow-bellied sapsucker, right? Yeah, I didn't know either until they told me!
And one parting shot for the road. A pic of the little dude that bit me, when someone else was holding him! Check out that crazy clown hair he's got going on!