New arrivals for the season and Pied American Robin 10-24-16

October 24, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

October days have brought in large flocks of Robins. The birds come in the late afternoon and squabble over every available watering hole. Here, they are in the stream bed at the pond.

 

American Robins at the stream bed 10-10-16American Robins at the stream bed 10-10-16 American Robins at the stream bed 10-10-16American Robins at the stream bed 10-10-16

 

Along with Cardinals, they love to eat the berries on the American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) shrubs that are fully laden right now.

 

American Robin eating Beautyberries (Callicarpa americana)  10-10-16American Robin eating Beautyberries (Callicarpa americana) 10-10-16

 

Watching robins can get a little monotonous. Yesterday, I perked up when I realized this one was different.  It was 'pied' with patchy white feathering.

 

Pied American Robin 10-23-16Pied American Robin 10-23-16

 

A Hermit Thrush was in with the flock of robins but the smaller bird had no chance of competing with them to bathe.

 

Hermit Thrush 10-23-16Hermit Thrush 10-23-16

 

On Monday, 10/10/16 this Red-breasted Nuthatch came in several times to drink.  I haven't seen one since then, but trust they will come back. 

 

Red-breasted Nuthatch 10-10-16Red-breasted Nuthatch 10-10-16

 

Tiny Golden-crowned Kinglets have returned.  They are frenetic feeders and will drop in at the bubbler when it's quiet for a quick drink.

 

Golden-crowned Kinglet 10-20-16Golden-crowned Kinglet 10-20-16

 

The first Brown Creeper of fall showed up on 10/20/16. Here, it has 'frozen' near a Downy Woodpecker on a small oak after hearing the alarm calls of Blue Jays and a Red-bellied Woodpecker.

 

Downy Woodpecker and Brown Creeper 'frozen' on hearing Blue Jay warning calls 10-20-16Downy Woodpecker and Brown Creeper 'frozen' on hearing Blue Jay warning calls 10-20-16

 

The reason for the 'freezin' was one of the Barred Owls that had flown into the woodland.

 

Blue Jay scolding Barred Owl 10-20-16Blue Jay scolding Barred Owl 10-20-16

 

Yellow-rumped Warblers have also returned and will be here through the winter. Yesterday, this one preened after a quick splash, showing off its trademark in transitional plumage.

 

Yellow-rumped Warbler 10-23-16Yellow-rumped Warbler 10-23-16

 

There were several Orange-crowned warblers here on Saturday, 10/22/16. Some of them will winter over in the southern states, while others move on to Central America. 

 

Orange-crowned Warbler 10-22-16Orange-crowned Warbler 10-22-16

 

Another bird that is a resident in the winter is the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. This is a young male still looking a bit ragged.

 

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 10-22-16Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 10-22-16

 

There have been other events, like the sighting of 80 or more Greater White-fronted Geese flying over in squadron fashion and the little mangey fox hopping up onto the deck right outside the door where I was standing before disappearing into the woodland. I guess you'll have to imagine those!

You are welcome to check the gallery any time, I try to keep it up to date in between posts.

To see all 50 photos in the 2016 Birds gallery since 10/8/16, you can start here:

 

http://hummerhavenunltd.com/p712853024/h450d22a#h450d22a


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