Late warbler push

19 10 2011

Nashville Warbler - Luke Tiller

Tuesday saw a fairly nice ‘fallout’ (for want of a better word) at Greenwich Audubon including a rather good collection of warblers (totaling eight species). As well as the expected Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers visiting birder Catherine Hamilton (blog here) and I also managed to pick up 4 or 5 Blackpolls, 1 Nashville, 1 Orange-crowned, 1 Black-throated Green (why couldn’t it have been a Townsend’s?), a handful of Common Yellowthroats including a stunning male and 1 Pine. Beyond the warblers we also had a House Wren or two and both Blue-headed and Red-eyed Vireos.

Yellow-rumped Warbler - Luke Tiller

It seems to have been a fairly weak and slightly more protracted migration this year than normal, with Chimney Swifts still passing the hawkwatch last Sunday, a mid-October record of Common Nighthawk and word from Shaun Martin (a hawkwatch regular) that he had a Wood Thrush in his grandparents yard just a day or so back.

Somewhere out there are still a host of  ‘northern’ birds that haven’t arrived at the hawkwatch yet including our first Golden Eagle, or a significant push of Red-shouldered or Red-tailed Hawks. I’m hoping that they are still out there and waiting to come through in Late October and early November and keep things exciting at the watch for the final month.

Orange-crowned Warbler - Luke Tiller

Anyway here are a couple of shots from the last few days in Greenwich including a rather poor record shot of at least one of the Orange-crowneds. Lets hope there’s more interesting birds to come. Today whilst running errands in downtown Port Chester there was an interesting warbler right there in the middle of town. I didn’t have bins unfortunately but it looked like a Baypoll/Pine type (probably was that Townsend’s knowing my luck!).

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