Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fall Warblers and More

Finally, some nice north winds that brought in some migratory birds. It takes work to find warblers in the fall, since they aren't singing. You have to listen for chip notes and peer into the tops of trees for the slightest movement.

Finding them is tough enough, but getting one to hold still in the open to be photographed is demanding and often frustrating.

Here are a few of the ones that would co-operate a little bit over the past couple of days.

American Redstart male

Black-and-white Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler v1

Black-throated Green Warbler v2

Common Yellowthroat juvenile female

Magnolia Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler - fall plumage

Parula Warbler - juvenile
Other warblers seen that avoided being photographed: Prairie, Black-throated Blue, Bay-breasted,
and the first Yellow-rumped Warbler of the fall.

Other fun sightings included a Swainson's Thrush in Forsyth Park and a Clay-colored Sparrow on
Tybee from the boardwalk to the pond near the North Beach.

Swainson's Thrush - note buffy eye ring

Clay-colored Sparrow
In Richmond Hill at my friend Nicole's house, we were able to photograph a very cooperative yellow-billed cuckoo who sat in the open while I retrieved our cameras from the house.
Yellow-billed Cuckoo