Rains, winds and migrants 5-11-17

May 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The winds have not been all that favorable for the birds in this peak week of migration.  The travelers that I've seen here seemed intent on feeding and barely singing.  It takes so much energy to make their journeys. 

 

It had rained 7 out of 9 days and a few Chipping Sparrows showed up as the showers subsided on Thursday afternoon, 5/4/17.  This one found a tiny morsel on a violet.

 

Chipping Sparrow with larva 5-4-17Chipping Sparrow with larva 5-4-17

 

The next day revealed some warblers.  A Golden-winged Warbler looked in at the Bubbler before a squirrel came in too close for comfort.

 

Golden-winged Warbler 5-5-17Golden-winged Warbler 5-5-17

 

It was followed soon after by a Blue-winged Warbler.  

 

Blue-winged Warbler 5-5-17Blue-winged Warbler 5-5-17

 

Nearby, mowers and blowers were deafening, but that did not stop this Baltimore Oriole from coming down from the canopy to bathe!

 

Baltimore Oriole 5-5-17Baltimore Oriole 5-5-17

 

Yellow-rumped Warblers were still here on Friday, 5/5/17.  

 

Yellow-rumped Warbler 5-5-17Yellow-rumped Warbler 5-5-17

 

A female Indigo Bunting looked in from the Smooth Hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens) behind the Bubbler. 

 

Indigo Bunting female on Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens) 5-6-17Indigo Bunting female on Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens) 5-6-17

 

White-throated Sparrows were also here for a while longer before heading north to Canada.

 

White-throated Sparrow 5-6-17 last seen 5/8/17White-throated Sparrow 5-6-17 last seen 5/8/17

 

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks came in a flock of 3 males and 3 females.  These large finches were seen squabbling at the Bubbler and the feeders for several days.

 

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5-7-17Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5-7-17

Rose-breasted Grosbeak female 5-8-17Rose-breasted Grosbeak female 5-8-17

 

On Sunday, 5/7/17 a Gray Catbird popped in to make its presence known.  I had not heard it that day or since then.

 

Gray Catbird 5-7-17Gray Catbird 5-7-17

 

On Monday, 5/8/17 a few more birds showed up.  Two were warblers, this American Redstart and a Black-throated Green.  

 

American Redstart 5-8-17American Redstart 5-8-17 Black-throated Green Warbler 5-8-17Black-throated Green Warbler 5-8-17

 

I'm always glad to see these 'old friends' but this bird was one I had not seen or photographed here before.  It was a female Scarlet Tanager.

 

Scarlet Tanager female 5-8-17Scarlet Tanager female 5-8-17

 

It has seemed to me all week that the same small flock of warblers kept moving around the neighborhood and I would see a slightly different mix each day.  Nashville, Tennessee and female Black and White Warblers have bathed. 

 

Nashville Warbler 5-10-17Nashville Warbler 5-10-17 Tennessee Warbler 5-10-17Tennessee Warbler 5-10-17 Black and White Warbler female 5-10-17Black and White Warbler female 5-10-17

 

A Gray-cheeked Thrush found a tasty cricket for its breakfast in the cover of the Wood Poppies (Stylophorum diphyllum) and Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense) on Tuesday, 5/9/17.  The insect was down the hatch in two quick gulps!

 

Gray-cheeked Thrush with cricket 5-9-17Gray-cheeked Thrush with cricket 5-9-17

 

Another bird that I never heard call but stopped to check in was this Yellow-bellied Flycatcher on Wednesday, 5/10/17. 

 

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 5-10-17Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 5-10-17

 

Today has been pretty quiet with showers on and off and northwest winds again.  Maybe tomorrow will be a brighter day and bring some birds!

 

To see all the photos from the past week, begin here:

Birds beginning 5/4/17

 

 


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