Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Too exciting to wait!

Monday night a fairly strong northerly front moved through, making for some pretty fun birding on Tuesday!

At lunchtime I had a plan to walk straight to the nature preserve on campus, to see what I could see, but barely got beyond the back door.  A chunky sparrow flushed from the juniper -- the first White-throated Sparrow of the year.  A little sparrow lurked deep within the juniper, curious, but very quiet -- a beautiful Lincoln's Sparrow.

A flitting of dark and light I almost dismissed as another chickadee became something very exciting -- a Red-breasted Nuthatch.  And feeding with the nuthatch in the same group of pines were several returning Golden-crowned Kinglets.

Red-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta canadensis, photo Jorge de Leon
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta canadensis, photo J. de Leon
There went my lunch hour, just a few steps from the building!
Returning through the courtyard, an unfamiliar high call came from somewhere - and a Dark-eyed Junco flew off.  I'll keep my eyes open in the coming days for more sparrows!

Hooray for migration - but with the thrill of September birding comes the certainty of what's next...

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