Finally, a few migrants have started to appear. I was up early as usual this Saturday and got no further than the front porch for half an hour, the trees in front of the house were a hive of activity and not just from the Black-capped Chickadees as has been the norm recently. True to form the weather is weekend lousy, roughly 70% of recent weekends have been this way after a pretty good week, this weekend I didn’t mind though because the grotty weather is the key reason why the migrants are feeding in our trees rather than looking down on us from 10,000 feet as the move south.
After the fun had ended and the birds moved off on their feeding circuit I nipped down to the pits. Two Great Egrets were still there, 20 Least Sands, 48 Killdeer but that was it, so I zapped back home to the still quiet trees! After domestic duties, well buying peanuts and the annual Squirrel treat of shelled peanuts to bury for the winter, we sat down to lunch on the front porch, suddenly the birds were back. For the next hour or so we had great views of just about everything present, and they even ignored the disturbance of slipping inside to fetch cameras. By way of sharing this experience a list follows of birds seen in the garden today and a couple of snaps taken in said bad light. Not a dragonfly day sadly.
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Myrtle Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow Warbler (actually new for the garden list, 143 and counting), Wilson’s Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-brested Nuthatch, Common Grackle, American Crow, Blue Jay, Cedar Waxwing, Black-capped Chickadee, Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch, American Robin, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-eyed Vireo, Alder Flycatcher, Chipping Sparrow, Great-crested Flycatcher. I list these mostly for European readers just to get a flavour.
Two shots of Chestnut-sided Warbler, one of the Black-throated Green Warbler.
A couple of shots of a Magnolia Warbler taken Sunday, same light!