Saturday, September 20, 2014

White-throats Return!

Yellow and red highlights in the green foliage are becoming more apparent. I hope it's a long fall. Lincoln's and White-throated Sparrows are beginning to arrive at the conservancy and we're still experiencing double-digit warbler counts. It's a great time of year to be a birder.

White-throated Sparrow

Field trips at the creek corridor are finished for the year, but I still have two remaining ones at the prairie. The next one is October 4th and by that time there should be an impressive diversity of sparrows present. Perhaps we'll be fortunate to have Nelson's, Le Conte's, or maybe Harris's. It's the uncommon or rare bird that tends to stir excitement in birders and, from a twisted perspective, birding will undoubtedly become even more exciting in the future. Though I'll be spending more of my birding time at the prairie, last year we found a Black-throated Blue Warbler on October 12th at the creek corridor. There's only so much time in the morning and I wish I could be at both places at the same time.

Silky Aster

Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI
Sep 19, 2014 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
44 species

Canada Goose
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Blue-headed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
Black-and-white Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

All images © 2014 Mike McDowell

1 comment:

  1. We had our first WTSP of the fall at our place near Ann Arbor, MI today.