October is closing fast 10-30-18

October 30, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

We are in the transition of seasons. It had been very dry and cool, with a couple hardy frosts by the third week of the month. On Thursday, 10-25-18 the day began with some of the usual suspects and fall residents coming to the bubbler. A Yellow-rumped Warbler and Brown Creeper joined the mix.

 

Yellow-rumped Warbler 10-25-18Yellow-rumped Warbler 10-25-18 Brown Creeper 10-25-18Brown Creeper 10-25-18

 

A Ruby-crowned Kinglet, with its big-eyed look, was flitting around and finally decided to come in for a splashy-bath. Where is that namesake crown, anyway? It is not often seen but when the little birds get excited, they will sometimes show it.

 

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10-25-18Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10-25-18

 

There! It was just a speck at first. Finally, it was fully revealed!

 

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10-25-18Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10-25-18

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10-25-18Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10-25-18

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A male Hairy Woodpecker came in close, I had been seeing the female lately.

 

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A Northern Flicker got in to bathe as a large flock of American Robins came into the woods. The robins literally land on top of each other to take over a space, but they will yield to a bird like the flicker, which came in again later to get a drink.

 

Northern Flicker bathing and American Robin 10-25-18Northern Flicker bathing and American Robin 10-25-18 American Robins and Northern Flicker 10-25-18American Robins and Northern Flicker 10-25-18

 

A few Common Grackles were in with the flock of robins. This bird had some kind of food in its beak and washed it in the fountain of water.

 

Common Grackle washed food 10-25-18Common Grackle washed food 10-25-18

 

A young male Red-winged Blackbird showed at the bubbler, a new bird for the year bringing the count to 111 species for 2018. The reddish epaulet could be seen as it took off.

 

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I went to see what might be at the pond on the east side. There were at least 40 American Robins in this flock. Common Grackles were getting drinks, bathing and keeping an eye out for hawks above them.

 

Common Grackle 10-25-18Common Grackle 10-25-18

 

The robins would line up to get in for a long-awaited bath or drink. They were also all over the American Beautyberries (Callicarpa americana). These fatty berries help sustain them into the winter and as they migrate.

 

American Robins 10-25-18American Robins 10-25-18 American Robin eating Beautyberries 10-25-18American Robin eating Beautyberries 10-25-18 American Robin eating Beautyberries 10-25-18American Robin eating Beautyberries 10-25-18 American Robins eating Beautyberries 10-25-18American Robins eating Beautyberries 10-25-18

 

The young Red-winged Blackbird opted for sugar maple squirts as its meal of choice.

 

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Back at the bubbler, Cedar Waxwings had taken advantage of the break and were enjoying the water, too.

 

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Stay tuned for another post by Sunday. I've had more new arrivals!

 

 


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