Fall has arrived as of last Friday, 9/22/17. One wouldn't know it by the temperatures as new records have been set for daily highs around 93 degrees. The light has certainly changed as we have lost nearly 3 hours of daylight since the Summer Solstice. Migrants have been coming through the yard in small flocks at different times of the day, and it seems much less predictable without strong northwest fronts to help the birds along. Still, there has been a good variety!
A first year male Common Yellowthroat showed at the Bubbler on the same day as the female Black-throated Blue, Wednesday, 9/13/17.
Nashville and Tennessee Warblers are two of the more common migrants, but even they have been few and far between.
A young Rose-breasted Grosbeak came down on 9/20/17.
Another young bird, this Blackburnian Warbler hugged the corner of the basin.
American Redstarts in varying plumages have been regular on different days.
This is one of the last of the male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds seen here this year. The young ones still have their first long journey to complete.
A first year male Northern Parula was a really nice find at the Bubbler on Thursday, 9/21/17. This bird has more 'greenish wash' than an adult male would have, and what a beautifully colored bird!
A female Black and White Warbler was in the mix that day, too.
Another bird that I've been waiting to see this fall is the Bay-breasted Warbler. This one looks to be a female, probably a first year bird.
It did get in to bathe with a Chestnut-sided Warbler.
On Saturday, 9/23/17 it was really quiet until about 1:30 in the afternoon when a flock of American Robins came in along with some warblers. The robins were really sparring over space in the basin.
And all the activity drew in some other hopeful birds, like this Magnolia Warbler. It looked, popped away and perched again. It had to wait its turn.
A male Chestnut-sided came in to watch the fray. Once the robins cleared out, the warblers had their chance to get in.
A female Chestnut-sided was also around that afternoon. It seemed to have some words for the Eurasian Tree Sparrow.
Two flycatchers came into the woodland. The first was a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and it took a couple quick splashes in the Bubbler pond. The second was an Eastern Phoebe. The birds quickly took cover after these photos - a Cooper's Hawk came in and caused quite a ruckus.
Yesterday was just slightly cooler with a bit of a breeze from the northwest and, with it came a few more warblers. A Black-throated Green enjoyed bathing.
Another Chestnut-sided Warbler was here and later, another Blackburnian Warbler. Could it have been the same bird seen on 9/20/17? Its markings are nearly identical, but we'll never be certain.
Last but not least, one of the youngest Northern Cardinals discovered the joy of the "Bubble"! Cooler temperatures are in the forecast. With any luck, that will bring in a lot more of the migrants.