Friday, September 10, 2010

New Birds Today!

I've been having a lot of fun getting to the coast in the past week for migratory shorebirds, but today I opted to do some serious birding on campus  ...looking for migrants here too...
A disclaimer - today's photos are neither mine nor Lynn's.

Common Yellowthroat, Geothlypis trichas

Lynn and I walked the fence line at the southeast corner of campus and pursued separate pockets of bird noise.  Down by the creek I had a new warbler, and in the thickets along the path Lynn had a new one also.
So our total list of warblers during lunchtime today:

Common Yellowthroat - two
Magnolia Warbler
American Redstart
Black-and-white Warbler - new!
Northern Parula - new!

For me it's fun to have to work at identifying these warblers; they're in fall plumage right now, and it's not immediately obvious what species they are.  So, I turn to the bird book and look for the field marks I just memorized - gray above, yellow below, two thin white wing bars, bright green lower back, faint vertical lines on sides, white around the eyes, white patches under the tail.  Flip the through the pages a few times, and it  becomes a young Magnolia Warbler.  Very satisfying.

Our list for the past two weeks follows:

Canada Goose
Red-tailed Hawk
Wild Turkey
Herring Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker

Northern Parula, Parula americana

Willow Flycatcher
American Crow
Blue Jay
Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling

Magnolia Warbler, Dendroica magnolia

Cedar Waxwing
Northern Parula, Parula americana
Yellow Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler, Mniotilta varia
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Cardinal
Song Sparrow
Common Grackle

American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Black-and-white Warbler, Mniotilta varia

Thirty two species.  Not bad for our workday birding efforts.

And we probably had a White-breasted Nuthatch and a Broad-winged Hawk today, but won't list them 'til the uncertainty is gone.

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