Saturday, September 13, 2008

Bad light but better birding

After a dismal spring migration it is good to see that the autumn is holding fast with tradition and providing some good local birding. Around Saddlebrook Bog, warblers are gathering, commuting garden to bog to garden with the roaming Black-capped Chickadees. By maintaining our garden feeders throughout the year, it guarantees that the local flocks (three at least) pass through the garden at some point, bringing their temporary guests with them.

This morning the first two hours after dawn and the late afternoon in the garden produced the following (in no particular systematic order and a list as much for European readers as anything):

Ovenbird (3)
Magnolia Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Nashvile Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Parula
Black-throated Green Warbler
Pine Warbler
Red-eyed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Chipping Sparrow
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Scarlet Tanager
Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Black-capped Chickadee
Blue Jay
Northern Flicker
American Robin
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

Below a few shots, mostly from today but including some shots of Hummingbird Hawk-moth, a species which has been subject to local discussion recently.

Tennessee Warbler & Red-eyed Vireo

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and an American Painted Lady butterfly.

Hummingbird Hawk-moth.

Black-throated Green Warbler and lower down the page, Shadow Darner.

Green Darner (below), very spectacular, click on the photo for the full effect.

A Broad-winged Hawk taking advantage of the brighter weather

Blackpoll Warbler about to terminate a Cherry-faced Meadowhawk

Magnolia Warbler

Lance-tipped Darner. We really need a good dragonfly field guide here in North America!

1 comment:

Laura Erickson said...

Mark, I'm trying to contact you about using one of your photos (Tropical Parula). Could you email me?