Fall has arrived! 9-25-17

September 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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.  

 

Common Yellowthroat 1st Fall male 9-13-17Common Yellowthroat 1st Fall male 9-13-17

 

Nashville and Tennessee Warblers are two of the more common migrants, but even they have been few and far between.

 

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A young Rose-breasted Grosbeak came down on 9/20/17.

 

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 9-20-17Rose-breasted Grosbeak 9-20-17

 

Another young bird, this Blackburnian Warbler hugged the corner of the basin.  

 

Blackburnian Warbler 1y Male 9-20-17Blackburnian Warbler 1y Male 9-20-17

 

American Redstarts in varying plumages have been regular on different days.

 

American Redstart 9-20-17American Redstart 9-20-17

 

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.

 

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 9-20-17Ruby-throated Hummingbird 9-20-17

 

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!

 

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A female Black and White Warbler was in the mix that day, too.

 

Black and White Warbler female 9-21-17Black and White Warbler female 9-21-17

 

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.

 

Bay-breasted Warbler female 9-22-17Bay-breasted Warbler female 9-22-17

 

It did get in to bathe with a Chestnut-sided Warbler.

 

Chestnut-sided and Bay-breasted Warbler females 9-22-17Chestnut-sided and Bay-breasted Warbler females 9-22-17

 

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.

 

American Robins 9-23-17American Robins 9-23-17

 

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.

 

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A male Chestnut-sided came in to watch the fray. Once the robins cleared out, the warblers had their chance to get in.

 

Chestnut-sided Warbler 9-23-17Chestnut-sided Warbler 9-23-17 Magnolia Warbler  and Chestnut-sided Warbler 9-23-17Magnolia Warbler and Chestnut-sided Warbler 9-23-17

 

A female Chestnut-sided was also around that afternoon. It seemed to have some words for the Eurasian Tree Sparrow.

 

Chestnut-sided Warbler female 9-23-17Chestnut-sided Warbler female 9-23-17 Chestnut-sided Warbler female and Eurasian Tree Sparrow 9-23-17Chestnut-sided Warbler female and Eurasian Tree Sparrow 9-23-17

 

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.

 

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 9-23-17Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 9-23-17 Eastern Phoebe 9-23-17Eastern Phoebe 9-23-17

 

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. 

 

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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.

 

Chestnut-sided Warbler 9-24-17Chestnut-sided Warbler 9-24-17 Blackburnian Warbler 1yM 9-24-17Blackburnian Warbler 1yM 9-24-17

 

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. 

Happy Fall!

Northern Cardinal juvenile 9-24-17Northern Cardinal juvenile 9-24-17


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