Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I'll try again

I cannot control the blog. In my post from today it doesn't allow you to click on the above image, hopefully this one will. See the below post for more on the above jaeger and todays complete post. The below photo is today's dark morph Red-tailed Hawk.

Long-tailed Jaeger

Highlights: Long-tailed Jaeger, Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Just after the waterbird count ended today the above Long-tailed Jaeger came up the lake shore and cut over land to the bay shore. The identification of young jaegers is very complicated, but this bird shows multiple field marks good for Long-tailed. I left the files larger than usual so you can click on them for larger images. As always, comments on this ID are welcomed.
There has been good activity ion the woods and recent sightings include Northern Goshawk, Merlin, Red-tailed Hawk (including a dark morph), White-breasted and Red-breasted Nuthatches, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Nashville, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Cape May, Yellow-rumped, Palm, Pine, Blackpoll, Black & White, and Wilson's Warblers, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Waterthrush, and Lincoln's, White-throated, White-crowned Sparrows.

Chris Neri

Saturday, September 19, 2009


Highlights: Moose, Canada Warbler

We'd like to thank all the folks who attended the WPBO field trip led by Jerry Ziarno and Tom Wheeker. While there was other excitement at the tip Point this morning the sighting of a bull Moose stole the show for many of us. He made it out to the tree line behind the Merlin pole and was seen by many right from the waterbird shack. We continued to see a drop off in warbler diversity as the mid-season migrants have begun appearing. Sightings in the woods today included Ruffed Grouse, Northern Goshawk, Bald Eagle, Black-backed Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Blue-headed Vireo, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Tennessee, Nashville, Black-throated Green, and Canada Warblers, and Lapland Longspur.

Lapland Longspur

Ruffed Grouse

Chris Neri

Friday, September 18, 2009

Gray-cheeked Thrush

Highlights: Gray-cheeked Thrush, Northern Waterthrush

Given that it finally felt like fall this morning we were hoping for a nice push of migrants today. That did not happen, but there was still decent activity. Sightings today included Northern Goshawk, Sharp-shinned and Red-tailed Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, Nashville, Magnolia, and Blackpoll Warblers, American Redstart, and Savannah, Lincoln's and White-crowned Sparrow.

Bald Eagle
Chris Neri

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
White-crowned Sparrow

Highlights: Mourning Warbler, Gray Catbird

We'd like to start off by thanking the WPBO board members who made the trip to the Point for the first board meeting to be held at the Point since I've been here. Despite my lack of recent posts the birding has remained good and we've entered the period when the early migrants are continuing and the mid season migrants have begun arriving. Recent sightings in the woods include Black-backed, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, Northern Flicker, Blue-headed and Red-eyed Vireos, Winter Wren, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Veery, Swainson's Thrush, Tennessee, Nashville, Magnolia, Cape May, Black-throated Blue, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Pine, Palm, Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Black and White, Mourning, and Wilson's Warbler, Northern Parula, American Redstart, Northern Waterthrush, Horned Lark, American Pipit, Chipping, Vesper, Savannah, Lincoln's, Swamp, White-throated, and White-crowned Sparrows, Lapland Longspur, and White-winged Crossbill. The fall owl banding has started and after getting skunked during high winds the first night, Tim and Britta have banded 4 Saw-whets by the time I'm crashing tonight.

Brown Creeper

Palm Warbler

Red Squirell

Chris Neri

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Highlights:Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Black-backed Woodpecker

The weather and birding was very similar to the last few days, which is okay by me. The warbler activity remained good well into the afternoon and sightings included Tennessee, Nashville, Yellow, Magnolia, Black-throated Green, Pine, Palm, Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Redstart, and Northern Waterthrush. Other sightings included Blue-headed & Red-eyed Vireos, Least Flycatcher, Brown Creeper, and White-winged Crossbill.

Common Yellowthroat

Pine Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler
Chris Neri

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Black-backed Woodpecker

Highlights: Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Black-backed Woodpecker

Much to our amazement the weather has continued to be absolutely gorgeous. The birding in the woods has also continued to be productive. Sightings yesterday and today included Northern Goshawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Black-backed Woodpecker, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and Swainson's and Gray-cheeked Thrush. The warblers have continued in good numbers with sightings of Tennessee, Nashville, Northern Parula, Yellow, Magnolia, Cape May, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green, Pine, Palm, Blackpoll, American Redstart, Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, and Wilson's. After this spring's terrible warbler season, by far the worst I've experienced here, it is great to be having a good fall warbler migration.

Pine Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Chris Neri

Friday, September 4, 2009

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Highlights: Buff-breasted Sandpiper

There wasn't much change today, gorgeous and good activity. Sightings included Belted Kingfisher, Pileated Woodpecker, Least Flycatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Swainson's Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Tennessee, Nashville, Magnolia, Black-throated Green, Black & White, and Wilson's Warbler. Chipping, Clay-colored, Savannah, Song, Lincoln's White-throated, and White-crowned Sparrows, and Evening Grosbeak.

Tennessee Warbler
Baird's Sandpiper bathing

Sanderling with fish


Atlantis Fritillary
Chris Neri

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Pine Warbler
Highlights: Connecticut Warbler, Gray-cheeked Thrush
The weather continues to be absolutely beautiful and the birding remains good. There have been some very nice warbler flocks and numbers of other species have begun to build. Recent sightings include Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied, Least & Olive-sided Flycatcher, Veery, Swainson's Gray-cheeked & Hermit Thrushes, Cedar Waxwing, Tennessee, Nashville, Yellow, Magnolia, Cape May, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green, Pine, Palm, Bay-breasted, Blackpoll & Connecticut Warblers, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Clay-colored, Lincoln's & White-crowned Sparrows, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Red & White-winged Crossbill.

Northern Goshawk

The songbird avoided the Merlin's pass in the above and below photos, but just as it got into the vegetation on the beach the Merlin got it.

American Copper

Butterflies: Compton's Tortoiseshell, Mourning Cloak, Atlantis Fritillary, Striped Hairstreak, & American Copper

Chris Neri

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Merlin & Broad-winged hawk

Highlights: Connecticut Warbler

The last two days have been absolutely gorgeous and the woods have been productive. There has been nice warbler diversity with sightings of Tennessee, Nashville, Magnolia, Cape May, Blackburnian, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green, Pine, Palm, Blackpoll, Black & White, American Redstart, Ovenbird, & Connecticut. Other sightings have included Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Goshawk, Broad-winged & Red-tailed Hawks, Bald Eagle, Least Flycatcher, Swainson's Thrush,Veery, and Red & White-winged Crossbills. Our local Merlin is regularly seen reeking havoc with other birds of prey and corvids, and today it was the Broad-winged's turn to deal with it (top photo).

Red Crossbill

Green Comma
Chris Neri