August 29, 2009 [LINK / comment]

Early fall bird migration?

Jacqueline and I went for a walk along YuLee Larner's Trail in Montgomery Hall Park this morning, and after a dull period lasting 15 minutes or so, all of a sudden we "hit the jackpot":

Location:     Montgomery Hall Park
Observation date:     8/29/09
Number of species:     20

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)     1
Eastern Wood-Pewee     1
Great Crested Flycatcher     1
Red-eyed Vireo     2
Blue Jay     5
American Crow     8
Carolina Chickadee     4
Tufted Titmouse     2
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
Carolina Wren     3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     2
American Robin     12
European Starling     40
Black-throated Green Warbler     1
Black-and-white Warbler     2
Eastern Towhee     1
Northern Cardinal     5
Common Grackle     2
Baltimore Oriole     3
American Goldfinch     1

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(


All of those species are known to breed in this area, except for the Black-throated Green Warbler, so its presence may indicate that the fall bird migration season for songbirds has already begun.

Backyard birds

Hardly any birds of interest to report out back lately, but at least the hummingbird(s) appear(s) up fairly regularly.

Cowbird, Mourning Dove

You don't see these two birds together every day: a male Brown-headed Cowbird and a Mourning Dove, in our back yard last month.