Friday, September 11, 2015

Highlights: Black-backed Woodpecker, Yellow-billed Cuckoo

      There has been good activity in the woods the last few days. A Black-backed Woodpecker, the second of the season, made a brief appearance today. We had a Black-billed Cuckoo back on August 30, and now a Yellow-billed Cuckoo this week on the 10th. Most of the recent activity has been provided by some very nice warbler flights, with 17 species being observed. Yellow-rumpeds naturally continue to be numerous and Palm Warbler numbers have grown significantly over the last couple of days. As per usual, Nashvilles are present in decent numbers and there are often multiple Cape May, Tennessee, Blackpoll, and Pines mixed in with the warbler flocks. Other recent warblers include Northern Waterthrush, Black & White, Northern Parula and Bay-breasted.
Sparrows are starting to pick up a bit with more sightings of Lincoln's, Swamp, Savannah and White-throated. Dark-eyed Junco numbers are also increasing, as are Golden-crowned Kinglets. We continue to regularly hear small flocks of Red Crossbills as the fly over along with the occasional Pine Siskin. We finally pulled out of what has been an usually warm start to September today. Hopefully the warblers will continue and the cool off will bring an increase of other species.

 Cape May Warbler

.  Cape May Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Palm Warbler

Chris Neri

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