September - slow but sure this year,
ending with a Super Harvest Moon that brought in a 'really interesting bird'.
Two immature Chestnut-sided Warblers discuss the yummy dogwood berries.
Two immature Ruby-throats argue over rights to the feeder.
A Black-throated Green Warbler takes cover in the Smooth Hydrangeas while preening after a bath.
This Magnolia Warbler still has remnants of its black necklace.
Crane fly for breakfast, anyone? This Yellow-rumped Warbler thought so.
The Carolina Chickadee's job is to show the visiting migrants, like this Bay-breasted Warbler, how to really take a bath!
A class of four pay attention to this lesson, Wilson's, Magnolia, Nashville and Black-throated Green Warblers.
And, they're off! Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Green and Wilson's Warblers have at it. The longer they stay, undisturbed by humans, larger birds or animals, the more comfortable they become.
Chestnut-sided and Tennessee Warblers survey the bubbler area and wait for a turn.
A female Common Yellowthroat tucks into a quiet corner.
A Black-throated Green Warbler still in breeding plumage, graced us with its presence on Saturday, 9-30-23. What a looker!
A determined Blue-headed Vireo did its careful calculations and splash-bathed in the basin. This is always an amazing skill to watch!
Oh, a male Golden-winged stopped by the bubbler. Only females had been seen this spring, when so many males flew over, racing to the breeding grounds. What a thrill to see it, our most endangered species here.
Another Yellow-billed Cuckoo dropped in, and this must be an adult. The yellow mandible and orbital ring are visible.
The Harvest Moon, the last Super Moon of the year occurred early in the morning on Friday, 9-29-23, This bird came to the Blackhaw Viburnum right next to the bubbler basin that afternoon, about 4:40 pm. Birds were popping out all around the bubbler, American Robins, Eastern Bluebirds, a few warblers and I'm not sure what else because I locked onto this bird.
"WHAT IS THIS BIRD? I DO NOT KNOW THIS BIRD!" I did not recognize it as one I had ever seen. Yes, it looked to be in the Tanager group. But the photos I was able to get spanned only 22 seconds before it flew. It could not get comfortable with all the birds popping in and out. This was the best photo I could manage, the bird did not perch on an open branch. BIG Sigh...a clearer photo of details was needed.
It was obviously a young bird, see the yellowish gape at the base of the bill? But, what species? That question remains, I had my suspicions and pursued possibilities. Comments included, "You nailed it!" "What about that color?" "I've never seen that plumage, either." "That's a pretty dang big bill." "There's a lot of gray in that cheek."
I will keep you posted. Experts are being consulted, photos being sent around, no clear consensus as yet. This may take some time. We "continue to hold", as directed.