The last hurrah...

October 03, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

September has flown by with busy days and lessening daylight.  We had a sorely needed 2" rain over the last couple days along with a major cool front.  Temps are dropping, it may dip below 40 degrees by morning.  Birds have been feeding actively.  Ruby-throats are hitting both the flowers and feeders and getting plumper every day. 

Ruby-throated Hummingbird at Cardinalflower (Lobelia cardinalis)Ruby-throated Hummingbird at Cardinalflower (Lobelia cardinalis) Ruby-throated HummingbirdRuby-throated Hummingbird Ruby-throated HummingbirdRuby-throated Hummingbird

They still manage to chase each other.  Soon, they'll be well on their way back to Central America, along with the migrating warblers.  Black and White and Black-throated Green Warblers have foraged successfully in the pondcypress.

Black and White WarblerBlack and White Warbler Black and White WarblerBlack and White Warbler Black-throated Green WarblerBlack-throated Green Warbler

 Around 1:00 pm today, a Bay-breasted Warbler stopped in at the bubbler rock and then in the basin for quite a long bath.  This male looks so different in fall plumage. 

Bay-breasted WarblerBay-breasted Warbler

Here is a spring male!

Bay-breasted WarblerBay-breasted Warbler

He was soon followed by the Black-throated Green. 

Black-throated Green WarblerBlack-throated Green Warbler

Well, it's time to get out the layers and get a nice quiche in the oven!

 


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