We had a little bird hit the window yesterday and, sadly, she died.
I’d never seen a bird like this in our yard before, and I couldn’t find it in any of my bird books, so I sought professional help from Jocelyn Hudon, the Ornthological Curator at the Royal Alberta Museum. Turns out it’s a female Redstart, and apparently a young one. Thanks so much, Jocelyn, for your help.
It looked like a warbler to me, but I was puzzled by the yellow tail bars. That’s a feature that I couldn’t match with any of our other many yellow vistors. The other red herring (pun very much intented) was the male Redstart who’s a bright red-orange color. Both my bird books and a Google image search produced lovely photos of him. The pattern of his markings match the yellow female, but his bright orange threw me off.
While I appreciate the detailed view that you see in the photos, I would rather this little bird survived to grace us with only fleeting glimpses. Now that I know of the American Redstart’s presence here, I’m going to keep watching for another such visitor.