Sunday, August 30, 2009

Black-throated Green Warbler

Highlights: Vesper Sparrow, Rose-breasted Grosbeak

While it remained windy today's sun was very welcomed after yesterday's rain. Sightings today included Broad-winged Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Least Flycatcher,Tennessee, Nashville, Magnolia, Cape May, Yellow-rumped & Black-throated Green Warblers, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Lincoln's & Vesper Sparrows, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Northern Goshawk

Merlin cooling off

Compton's Tortoiseshell
Chris Neri

Friday, August 28, 2009

Black-backed Woodpecker

Highlights: Black-backed Woodpecker & lots of warblers

There was a lot of activity in the woods today. There were literally hundreds of Nashville Warblers, I don't remember ever seeing so many of one species of warbler other than Yellow-rumpeds. There were also more Black-throated Green Warblers than I ever remember seeing in a day. Other warblers included Yellow, Magnolia, Cape May, Yellow-rumped, Blackburnian, Palm, Black & White, American Redstart, & Wilson's. Other sightings included Black-backed Woodpecker, Red-eyed Vireo, & White-throated, White-crowned, & Lincoln's Sparrows. Numbers of Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, & Purple Finch also picked up a bit today. Really a fun day in the woods.

Blackburnian Warbler

Lincoln's Sparrow

Peregrine Falcon

The above Peregrine landed in the brush pile next to the waterbird shack within about 25 feet of Tom and me. We were shocked to look up and see it that close.

Compton's Tortoiseshell

Butterflies: White Admiral, American Copper, Monarch, Compton's Tortoiseshell, & Northern Pearly Eye.

Chris Neri

Thursday, August 27, 2009


I covered some of the waterbird count for Tom today, so I was unable to give the woods as much coverage as usual. There was decent activity in the morning with sightings including Northern Goshawk, Belted Kingfisher, Red-eyed Vireo, Nashville, Yellow-rumped, and Pine Warblers, & White-crowned Sparrow.

Yellow-rumped Warbler with Ant Lion

Northern Pearly Eye

Chris Neri

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

yesterday's duck again
Yesterday's duck was present again this morning and this photo is in today's better light. I also left the file size larger than usual, click on it for a larger view. Thanks for the comments, and nice to hear from this spring's waterbird counter Andy Northrup. The woods were fairly active today and there were several nice flocks of warblers. They were mostly Yellow-rumpeds, but there were also Tennessee, Nashville, Cape May, Black-throated Green, & Palm. Other sightings included Wilson's Snipe, Scarlet Tanager & Lincoln's Sparrow.
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Chris Neri

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Not sure
The above duck was on the net house pond today. We're leaning towards Redhead, but we're really not positive about the identification of this bird and would appreciate any comments. Otherwise the woods were relatively quiet. Sightings today included Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Nashville, Cape May, Yellow-rumped & Black-throated Green Warblers, and Clay-colored Sparrow.

Nashville Warbler

Semipalmated Plover
Chris Neri

Monday, August 24, 2009

Cape May Warbler with a moth
House Wren
Well, we've made the switch from our nocturnal schedule owl banding to our day schedule.
The woods have been fairly productive the last few mornings with sightings of Tennessee, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Cape May, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Palm, and Bay-breasted Warblers, American Redstart, Northern Waterthrush, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Pileated Woodpecker, and House Wren. The wren has actually been present for a couple weeks now. The shorebirds have been decent and it is exciting that one of this summer's Piping Plover chicks has returned. We only know that it is one of the chicks thanks to Erin Roche and the plover crew who banded the chicks this summer. There was also a Chaffinch today. While Chaffinch have become a regular spring sighting since a bunch of birds were released in Chicago, I believe this may be the first fall sighting.

Piping Plover chick in early July

Piping Plover, one of the summer's chicks on August 24

Striped Hairstreak

There have been a few butterflies around, including American Copper, Pink-edged Sulphur, Monarch, White Admiral, Common Wood-Nymph, and Northern Pearly Eye

Chris Neri