A Change in the Weather!
Without winds from the north to help them move along, warblers have been circling the 'hood, fattening up to be ready for the next frontal push. That front came through overnight, with 2.37" of rain here. The following warblers have been seen in differing groups of 8 or 9 nearly every day.
American Redstarts and Magnolia Warblers
Ovenbirds and Bay-breasted Warblers
Chestnut-sided and Black-throated Green Warblers
Black-and-white, Tennessee and Nashville Warblers.
They are all looking for food in the form of caterpillars and other small insects. Oops! Missed one!
The second Blackburnian Warbler of fall was seen just yesterday. To add to the mix, there have been new arrivals!
A female Red-breasted Nuthatch came in to the Bubbler, becoming Bubbler Bird #87 for the year. She had quite a reach to get a drink, but did this repeatedly. What Olympian strength in those tiny legs!
A beautiful male has been coming in, there may actually be two males. We are hoping this irruptive species will be around this winter.
An immature Wilson's Warbler came in on Friday, 9/17/21. It explored every inch of the bubbler area, cementing this location into its genetic code to pass along to its offspring.The longer they stay, the more information they gather. It's always amazing to watch a young bird when it does this.
Our FOS Northern Parula came in on Sunday, 9/19/21. It was hesitant to get in, the flock had started a splash-fest!
It was a good time for them and for me, too. Here is my checklist for that 35 minutes: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94910559
To view all the photos since the last post, begin here: Birds since 9/14/21
Enjoy this change in the weather!
The Autumn Equinox is tomorrow, 9-22-21 at 2:21 p.m. CDT here in St. Louis.