Fall Big Day Report 10-10-21

October 10, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

 

"Let me keep my mind on what matters most which

is my work which is mostly standing still

and learning to be astonished."

~ Mary Oliver

 

10-2-21 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 3 Nashville and Black-throated Green Warblers10-2-21 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 3 Nashville and Black-throated Green Warblers 10-2-21 Red-breasted Nuthatch10-2-21 Red-breasted Nuthatch 10-2-21 Red-breasted Nuthatch10-2-21 Red-breasted Nuthatch 10-2-21 Nashville Warblers10-2-21 Nashville Warblers 10-3-21 Black-throated Green Warbler10-3-21 Black-throated Green Warbler

10-3-21 Black-throated Green Warbler10-3-21 Black-throated Green Warbler

 

It has been kind of slow lately. It's been a mild fall and temperatures will hit the mid-80's again today. But a storm front is due in tonight and that may bring in some late birds. Let's talk about some of what has been seen and discovered in these first ten days of October.

 

A Red-breasted Nuthatch was skittish about getting in with three Nashville Warblers and a Black-throated Green. It's easier to make them all out in those next few images. 
 

10-3-21 Bay-breasted Warbler10-3-21 Bay-breasted Warbler 10-3-21 Bay-breasted Warbler10-3-21 Bay-breasted Warbler

 

Bay-breasted Warblers have also been in the mix.

 

10-3-21 Chestnut-sided Warbler10-3-21 Chestnut-sided Warbler

 

A female Chestnut-sided Warbler came in with a small flock.

  10-4-21 FOS Golden-crowned Kinglet10-4-21 FOS Golden-crowned Kinglet

 

On 10-4-21, our FOS Golden-crowned Kinglet popped into view. I heard their "tsee-tsee-tsee" call several times yesterday.

 

10-4-21 Barred Owl10-4-21 Barred Owl 10-4-21 Barred Owl10-4-21 Barred Owl

 

One evening, we had come in to make dinner and the birds started fussing. They usually do when a large predator comes in! It was one of the Barred Owls, ready to hunt for its own dinner, or is it breakfast for them?

 

10-7-21 Common Yellowthroat female10-7-21 Common Yellowthroat female 10-7-21 Common Yellowthroat female10-7-21 Common Yellowthroat female

 

Not much here on 10-7-21, but at lunchtime I spotted this small bird in a clove currant (Ribes odoratum) by the pond. When I returned with the camera, it had jumped into the pickerel weed (Pontederia cordata). The plants provided great cover for this little bird to bathe in.

 

10-7-21 Common YellowthroatIn the pickerel weed in the pond

 

Birding is nothing if not a humbling experience. Exciting, yes, challenging, yes, but it definitely can be humbling! As I watched the little bird and wanted to be sure of its I.D., I thought it was a female Common Yellowthroat. I have usually found males here in the fall, though. Then, I remembered a bird that I had called a Common Yellowthroat that was in the garden six years ago, on 8-24-15. As I studied and researched young female birds that can be confusing, I figured out that the bird in the garden was NOT a Common Yellowthroat at all, but a young female Mourning Warbler. 

 

 

Now it seems so obvious, but it all depends on experience. I'm so grateful for these experiences and the chance to correct my error. I don't see these species that often. We can learn so much from our mistakes. We just have to figure out that we made them, first! Birding in the fall is all about subtlety with these young birds.

 

Yesterday was Fall Big Day for birding, 10-9-21. Since we sit kind of low in the neighborhood, it can take a while for the insects to warm up and start moving around so the birds can find them. After all that foraging, the little flock was ready to bathe. A Northern Flicker had been in the basin, and when it left, the whole little flock came in together. 

 

Big Day 10-9-21

 

How many birds did you count in that video? There were Tennessee, Black-throated Green and Nashville Warblers, a Tufted Titmouse and a Carolina Wren. (The wren seemed a bit put out to have to share!) Some birds may have been repeats, but this kind of "flurry" is what keeps things interesting. Even after 21 years of watching birds at the bubbler, I never know when this will happen for sure, However, when it does, it's truly uplifting to stand there and simply "be astonished"!

 

To see all the birds since the last post, begin here: October birds

 

 

 

 

 

 


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