Sunday, September 28, 2008

Late Bigby surge

A pretty dank weekend with rain spells and poor light. On the up side, Saturday delivered a nice mixed warbler flock to the front door although photographing anything was a challenge. An hour or so sat on the stoop (front porch) produced:

Orange-crowned Warbler (Garden tick)
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Northern Parula
Nashville Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Blue-headed Vireo
Golden-crowned Kinglet (a plethora = more than 3)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Below a few photos including a three piece photofit for the Black-throated Blue Warbler, it just would not sit still.

Downy woodpecker




Chestnut-sided Warbler








Put them all together and what have you got?












Blue-headed Vireo, it looked much nicer in real life than in these photos







On Sunday it was pretty dark for most of the day but around 3pm the light got better, the clouds higher and a small passage of hawks slipped over the house. My standard hawk watching perch is on the back deck roof. The modest totals were:
Cooper's Hawk 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4
Peregrine Falcon 2
American Kestrel 3
Turkey Vulture 1
Monarch 2
Common Loon 1 (not a hawk!)
And while up there a Brown Creeper made the Bigby list.
Incidentally, if you are not sure what a Bigby is Google it, if you don't know what Google is, oh dear!

1 comment:

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