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
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:
Northern Parula, Parula americana
Magnolia Warbler, Dendroica magnolia
Northern Parula, Parula americanaYellow Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler, Mniotilta variaAmerican Redstart
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.