Monday, September 27, 2010

I want my money back

Which is exactly the quote I used on another birder upon spending some time in Strawberry Fields on Sunday morning (Sept 26th) - a day with overnight north winds after several warmer days with southerly winds.  Apparently it had been more active 45 minutes earlier, but there simply wasn't the volume you'd expect from a cooler day in late September.  Accordingly the diversity was lower and it was hard going at times.  Predominant overcast made it more difficult.  A little early morning raptor movement (Kestrel, Osprey) didn't seem to materialize into anything else - perhaps the NE tendency to the northerly winds pushed more migrants inland, but there weren't any big dropout reports from elsewhere.

More signs of the ongoing migration shift where the absence of Pewees and the presence of Yellow-rumped Warbler and Dark-eyed Junco along with bigger numbers of White-throated Sparrows.

American Kestrel
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
House Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson's Thrush
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
probable Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
White-throated Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

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