Mid-October update. 10/19/22

October 19, 2022  •  1 Comment

Mid-October and a hard freeze with 29.6 degrees on Tuesday, 10-18-22!

And, it was 28.9 degrees this morning - brrr!


Let's look at the latest migrants, which we won't be seeing again until next April.


10-9-22 Chestnut-sided Warbler10-9-22 Chestnut-sided Warbler


Chestnut-sided Warbler 


10-9-22 Black-throated Green Warbler10-9-22 Black-throated Green Warbler


Black-throated Green Warbler 

  10-9-22 Blackburnian Warbler10-9-22 Blackburnian Warbler


Blackburnian Warbler


10-14-22 Nashville Warbler10-14-22 Nashville Warbler


Nashville Warbler

  10-14-22 Orange-crowned Warbler10-14-22 Orange-crowned Warbler 10-14-22 Orange-crowned Warbler10-14-22 Orange-crowned Warbler 10-14-22 Orange-crowned Warbler10-14-22 Orange-crowned Warbler


Orange-crowned Warbler, yes the crown is barely visible on this little dull bird, but there.


10-9-22 Tennessee Warbler10-9-22 Tennessee Warbler
10-14-22 Tennessee Warbler with insect on Elm (Ulmus americana)10-14-22 Tennessee Warbler with insect on Elm (Ulmus americana)


Tennessee Warblers have been seen on many days finding tiny insects in the bark of this young American Elm (Ulmus americana).


10-17-22 Orange-crowned Warbler10-17-22 Orange-crowned Warbler 10-17-22 Orange-crowned Warbler10-17-22 Orange-crowned Warbler


Another Orange-crowned Warbler had luck finding tiny larvae on the flower heads of Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens). 


10-17--22 Yellow-rumped Warbler10-17--22 Yellow-rumped Warbler 10-18-22 Yellow-rumped Warbler10-18-22 Yellow-rumped Warbler


Yellow-rumped Warblers will now be around a good part of the winter.

We may yet see a stray late bird of another species but time is running out for them to make it to their winter homes. 

How about a focus on two confusing species? Tennessee and Orange-crowned Warblers can be vexing. Take a look.



There are some differences, not often easy to see before they flit away!

The Orange-crowned has a dingy breast with subtle streaking, yellow undertail coverts, and is barely pale below. It is often quite gray.

The Tennessee Warbler has a trace of a wing bar, white under tail coverts and a more conspicuous eyebrow stripe.

Underparts are paler with almost no streaking and an overall greener look. Here they are, together.



Maybe next fall it will be easier!!


10-12-22 Blue-headed Vireo10-12-22 Blue-headed Vireo


Blue-headed Vireo, always a welcome sight!


10-14-22 Dark-eyed Junco10-14-22 Dark-eyed Junco 10-15-22 Dark-eyed Junco10-15-22 Dark-eyed Junco


Dark-eyed Juncos have arrived!


10-14-22 Common Grackle10-14-22 Common Grackle 10-14-22 Common Grackle10-14-22 Common Grackle 10-14-22 43 Common Grackles10-14-22 43 Common Grackles


Common Grackles came as twenty, then a hundred. Counted forty-three birds in this screen shot at the bubbler.


10-18-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch female10-18-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch female 10-18-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch10-18-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch


After not seeing one for five days, two Red-breasted Nuthatches came in on Tuesday, 10-18-22 and went directly to the peanut feeder. Perhaps this is the pair from last winter, returning to Shady Oaks as their winter digs!


10-18-22 Blue Jay after peanut crumbs10-18-22 Blue Jay after peanut crumbs 10-10-22 Northern Cardinal10-10-22 Northern Cardinal

Blue Jay and Northern Cardinal, let's not forget the home crowd! They will keep us company now.


Friday, we will celebrate 22 years since the Bubbler first began attracting birds.

Now with 125 species and 2 hybrids documented at this water feature, 

we are adding another 'tool' to become better 'citizen scientists'. More on that exciting development next time!


Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) provides fatty blue berries for flycatchers, 

thrushes, warblers and vireos on their way south, and for overwintering birds, too.


Enjoy the wonder of fall!









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