Early Fall Migrants

August 24, 2015  •  2 Comments

On Friday, 8/20/15, I had a Blue-winged Warbler chasing birds from the feeders!  He was quite beautiful and very active.  I missed seeing one in the spring, so he was year bird #89 for me. I managed to get an image of him.

Blue-winged WarblerBlue-winged Warbler

It was very cool again this morning and I went out to the garden to see who might be there. I saw movement under a Buttonbush, a little bird scooting into the cover of the Black-eyed Susans. The bird finally popped up onto the vintage hoe to take a look at me. It was a female Common Yellowthroat, another bird I usually see in the spring but missed this year. She was #90.

Common Yellowthroat femaleCommon Yellowthroat female Common Yellowthroat femaleCommon Yellowthroat female

It was fun to attempt to follow her around the garden. She moves much like a wren.

Common Yellowthroat femaleCommon Yellowthroat female Common Yellowthroat femaleCommon Yellowthroat female

She was well camouflaged.  There were also two Monarchs today.  They took turns warming themselves in the sun.

Monarch warming up on Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)Monarch warming up on Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

And, despite the abundance of Black-eyed Susans, they wanted the same one to nectar on. Beautiful day all around!

Two male Monarchs at Black-eyed SusansTwo male Monarchs at Black-eyed Susans

 

 

 


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Rachel(non-registered)
Gorgeous light on these shots!
[email protected]'s Not Work, It's Gardening!(non-registered)
I love this time of year, and nothing so exciting as noticing a bird that is "rare". I saw a pileated woodpecker a week or so ago -- such a delight!
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