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Warblers and migrants continue to move through 10-8-16

October 08, 2016  •  2 Comments

It has been a busy week here at the Bubbler.  Warblers continue to come in at different times of the day, particularly noon until dusk. There have been Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Nashville, Tennessee, Black-throated Green and Bay-breasted Warblers. Here is a favorite from Thursday, 10/6/16 with two Bay-breasted Warblers and a Tennessee in the background.


Bay-breasted and Tennessee Warblers 10-5-16Bay-breasted and Tennessee Warblers 10-5-16


Something about this Black-throated Green caught my eye as I took the photo. Can you see the tiny beads of water that seem to be inside the mouth of the bird?


Black-throated Green Warbler 10-6-16Black-throated Green Warbler 10-6-16


As I magnified the photo, I could see that the water droplets were actually on the ends of the "rictal bristles".  These are specialized feathers that are stiff, pin-like and help the bird sense or capture prey. They are spaced evenly at the base of the bill and similar to whiskers.  They are a bit more obvious in birds like the American Redstart, but many birds that pursue insects have them.


Rictal bristles with beadlets of water on Black-throated Green Warbler 10-6-16Rictal bristles with beadlets of water on Black-throated Green Warbler 10-6-16


Another Red-breasted Nuthatch came in yesterday to drink several times.


Red-breasted Nuthatch 10-7-16Red-breasted Nuthatch 10-7-16


And today, our first Hermit Thrush of the season returned late in the afternoon.


Hermit Thrush 10-8-16Hermit Thrush 10-8-16


Though numbers have dropped, we do still have ruby-throated hummingbirds coming in to fatten up on their way south.


Ruby-throated Hummingbird 10-8-16Ruby-throated Hummingbird 10-8-16


To view all the photos since 10/4/16, begin here in the 2016 Birds gallery:




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Sally, I keep a couple feeders going as long as I can. Occasionally, there is a late Ruby-throated that will come in but there is also the higher probability of a rarer hummingbird species showing up. One year we had a Rufous and I had taken the feeders down already. So, if you want to keep those feeders going, you may be rewarded!
Sally Bakula(non-registered)
Loved all your pictures and comments. I have figured out that the hummingbirds are gone and the bees have taken over. So sorry. I watch my bird feeder every meal. They are a lot of company
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