Monday, October 5, 2015

Highlights: Townsend's Solitaire (photo above) & Harris's Sparrow

      As is to be expected, sparrows have provided much of the activity in the woods recently. White-crowned & White-throated Sparrows along with Dark-eyed Juncos have been occurring in good numbers. There are often 40 White-crowneds at the feeders and yesterday they were finally joined by the Harris's Sparrow that has been present since the 1st. The season's second Le Conte's Sparrow was seen on 9/30 and the first American Tree Sparrows have arrived.  Additionally, Chipping, Savannah, Fox, Song, Lincoln's and Swamp have been present.

Le Conte's Sparrow

Harris's Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

     Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers continue in decent numbers. Orange-crowned Warblers have picked up and it is not uncommon to see several mixed in with various flocks, including sparrow flocks. It continues to become less common to find other warbler species, but Tennessee, Nashville, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Green, Blackpoll and Common Yellowthroat have made recent appearances.  Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets continue to regularly mix in with the warbler flocks. 
Orange-crowned Warbler

      We had a nice push of Hermit Thrushes last week when we were consistently coming across groups of 3-6 as we walked the woods, and there are still the occasional Swainson's and Gray-cheeked being seen. We continue hearing Red Crossbills on an almost daily basis. They are mostly just flyovers, but they are occasionally putting down in the Jack Pines. Pine Siskins are picking up and are regularly being found feeding on birch catkins, Purple Finch numbers have also begun to increase over the last couple of days. There continues to be a nice mixed flock of Horned Larks, American Pipits and Lapland Longspurs frequenting the beach. Other recent sightings include; Northern Goshawk, Ruffed Grouse, American Woodcock, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Blue-headed Vireo, Winter Wren and Gray Catbird. 

Bald Eagle

Hermit Thrush

Eastern Chipmunk

Chris Neri

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