Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cape May Warbler
Highlights: Black-backed Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch
I cover the waterbird count on Thursdays, but Leonard Graff was kind enough to cover the count long enough for me to do the songbird census. There continued to be an increase in the numbers of Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers, and White-throated, White-crowned and Savanah Sparrows. There were also several White-breasted Nuthatches around today. Other sightings included Peregrine Falcon, Nashville, Cape May, Black-throated Green, Pine, and Blackpoll Warblers.

Merlins dogfighting

If you've spent anytime at the waterbird count in the last several years you have likely seen Little Jerry Kolak. Little Jerry is one of our resident Ring-billed Gulls and spends a lot of time next to the waterbird shack, yeah he's a bum. He has also likely heard many a confession from the waterbird counter on a slow day. Anyway, I got the below shot of Little Jerry with big Jerry Kolak today, little Jerry is the one on the left in case you were wondering.

Chris Neri

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