The past few days, early mornings have been cold and crisp, but weather like this always seems to make that first cup of coffee more enjoyable. The warming sun usually melts the frost within an hour or so after sunrise. Hermit Thrushes, Pine Siskins, and Dark-eyed Juncos were first-of-season arrivals over the weekend. Now it's difficult to pick out anything another than Yellow-rumps from the warbler flocks moving through Pheasant Branch Conservancy, however I did manage to find a few Tennessee and Nashville Warblers. A singing Common Yellowthroat at the prairie parcel seemed to be in as much denial as me – I just don't want to be over yet. But sparrows are moving into the fields and woodlots, and they make excellent photography subjects, too. So, at some point this week I'll give up on birding the creek corridor and concentrate on sparrows at the prairie. Perhaps there will be a Harris's Sparrow in my near future.
Location: Pheasant Branch
Observation date: 10/3/10
Number of species: 49
All images © 2010 Mike McDowell