Friday, August 17, 2012

August 16, 2012 More backyard birding.

Another great morning in the backyard! Lots of activity in the trees and overhead. Many Bobolinks flying over and a few Turkey Vultures soaring by. Another 10 species of warblers, 2 vireos, Red-eyed and Warbling, both Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers along with Northern Flicker and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. The feeders added White-breasted Nuthatch, Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch, Common Grackle, Red-winged Blackbird and Pine Siskin.  With a change in the forecast for tomorrow, maybe I'll head to the river and see if there are any new arrivals in the shorebirds.

An adult Bay-breasted Warbler.

Formerly called the Myrtle Warbler, the Yellow-rumped Warbler is one of our most common warblers that migrate through the Ottawa district.

The White-throated Sparrow is another very common migrant during the fall. These individuals are likely local birds from the Carp Ridge.

A female Purple Finch puts in a brief visit to the sunflower feeder.

This young House Wren was very agitated while the rest of the family group foraged in a brush pile.

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