Thursday, May 13, 2010

Kentucky Warbler, western Fox Sparrow

The excitement in Strawberry Fields on May 13th was an unusual Fox Sparrow that had been found by Steve Chang. Apart from the fact that it is beyond late for an eastern red Fox Sparrow, it also didn't look a great deal like one (see the above pic). It was clearly one of the western subspecies of Fox Sparrow. This is interesting, but even more exciting if you consider that the Fox Sparrow is fairly likely to be split into different species in the not very distant future.

Although there wasn't much of a migration it turned out to be a decent day even without the Fox Sparrow exotica: a Kentucky Warbler in the Evodia Field turned up on it's grand circle while I was there, a female Hooded Warbler was nearby and there were two singing male Cape May Warblers. Lacking were flycatchers of any sort, or cuckoos, but it's never a bad day when you see a Kentucky.

Chimney Swift
White-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
House Wren
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Kentucky Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Baltimore Oriole

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