Migration update 5-19-17

May 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

There have been a few more sightings in the last week, though this has not been a typical spring migration here.  Many birds I usually can count on have not shown themselves and I think the storms had an impact on their movements.

The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have been active and there are two females that come frequently to the flowers and feeders.  


Ruby-throated Hummingbird female 5-12-17Ruby-throated Hummingbird female 5-12-17


A Gray-cheeked Thrush was seen, well-camouflaged in the rocky, leaf-strewn swale.


Gray-cheeked Thrush 5-12-17Gray-cheeked Thrush 5-12-17


A female Blackburnian Warbler was a delight to see at the Bubbler on Friday, 5/12/17. 


Blackburnian Warbler female 5-12-17Blackburnian Warbler female 5-12-17


A striking Canada Warbler soon followed.  This is one of the most deeply marked birds I've ever photographed.


Canada Warbler 5-12-17Canada Warbler 5-12-17


A fledgling American Robin discovered the Bubble and played in it!


Fledgling American Robin 5-13-17Fledgling American Robin 5-13-17


On Mother's Day, I had just decided to go inside when I saw movement in the corner of the Bubbler Basin.  The first Magnolia Warbler of the year had quietly slipped in.


Magnolia Warbler 5-14-17Magnolia Warbler 5-14-17


On Thursday, 5/18/17 several young male American Redstarts showed at the Bubbler together.  The following three images show first year males in different states of transition to the adult plumage.  They begin with black feathers on their faces, the last bird is nearly there.


American Redstart 1st yr male 5-18-17American Redstart 1st yr male 5-18-17

American Redstart 1st yr male 5-18-17American Redstart 1st yr male 5-18-17

American Redstart 1st yr male 5-18-17American Redstart 1st yr male 5-18-17


Finally, a first year male Chestnut-sided Warbler showed up.  I usually have so many of this species that I'm telling them they'd better get going.  Not this year, this is the only one that came to the Bubbler of the three individuals I had seen.


Chestnut-sided Warbler 1st yr male 5-18-17Chestnut-sided Warbler 1st yr male 5-18-17


A bit later, a female American Redstart fluttered down, fan tailed.  At least, I think this is a female since the bird is not showing distinctly black feathering yet.


American Redstart  female 5-18-17American Redstart female 5-18-17


A young Northern Cardinal also found its way to get a drink.  It's heartening to see nesting success.


Northern Cardinal fledgling 5-18-17Northern Cardinal fledgling 5-18-17


For all the photos since the last blog post, open this page:  Photos beginning 5/10/17




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