Saturday, September 15, 2007

Highlights: Clay-colored Sparrow, Wilson's Snipe

After what seems like a week of very high winds and/or rain we finally had a bit of a break in the weather today and the songbirds were fairly active. New arrivals included Wilson's Snipe, Winter Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Clay-colored Sparrow. Warblers today included Cape May, Blackpoll, Black & White, and lots of Palms. Rusty Blackbirds are occurring daily and Golden-crowned Kinglet numbers are increasing. While we're not seeing big numbers of hawks there is a nice diversity being seen most days and recent sightings include Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier (photo above), Northern Goshawk, Peregrine Falcon, and Merlin. The shorebirds have been active, see Cory's waterbird blog for details, including increasing numbers of American Golden Plover (photo below). Return owl banders Wendy King and Keith Bagnall began the fall owl banding season tonight.

Feeders: Downy Woodpecker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, and lots of Pine Siskins

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