Monday, September 22, 2008

Highlights: Black-backed Woodpecker,
Clay-colored Sparrow
Activity was relatively low yesterday. However, the woodpeckers were interesting from the waterbird shack in the morning. There were a lot of Downies, and they made multiple attempts to land on various tripod legs as we were standing at our scopes. We also had Black-backed made an appearance on the Merlin pole.
There was some good activity today. Pine Siskin numbers continue to grow, including several flocks of over 100. A flock of 29 American Golden-Plovers cut over the parking lot this morning. Warblers made a decent showing with Tennessee, Orange-crowned, Nashville, Northern Parula, Cape May, Black-throated Blue, Pine, Palm, Yellow-rumped, and Common Yellowthroat being seen. The season's first Pileated and Hairy Woodpeckers, and Common Grackle were seen. Other sightings included; Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper, Philadelphia Vireo, Rusty Blackbird, Lincoln's and White-crowned Sparrows, and Lapland Longspur.
We regularly see birds act aggressively towards each other. The following four photos show a Yellow-rumped Warbler trying to scare off a Cape May Warbler. The Cape May stood its ground and the Yellow-rumped moved on.

Red-eyed Vireo

Gray-cheeked Thrush

Hermit Thrush

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