Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Where did the time go?

It seems like just the other day that I was watching flocks of warblers moving through the yard. Actually, it has been about three to four weeks ago already. The warblers have been replaced by Juncoes, White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows. I saw a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker today. Of course, Yellow-rumped Warblers are still around and will be all winter.

I always enjoy seeing and watching mixed flocks around the change of the season. Birds that are thought of as warm weather birds like Cape May Warblers mingling with birds that are thought of as cold weather birds like Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

Black-throated Green Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler

There is a reason why I don't have pics of warblers on here often! Black-throated Greens are one of my favs, I see them in my yard more during fall migration.

Also see more of another one of my favs, Cape May Warbler. Here is a still bright male photographed during the second week of October.

Cape May Warbler
Cape May Warbler

And of course, Yellow-rumped Warblers are everywhere by the first week of October. Why can't all warblers be this cooperative!

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Here is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet that was hanging out with the warblers. I have only seen the red on their crown when I had one in the hand. Dang, they are harder to photograph then warblers!

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet


Here's to seeing some good birds this winter. Hoping to be able to participate in the Christmas Bird Counts this year!

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8 comments:

  1. these guys are just lovely

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  2. Nice captures of these lovely little birds!

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  3. I'm relieved by your comment. I watched what I determined to be a ruby-crowned kinglet for a very long time, through a window, close by, and never saw a glint of ruby. I thought it was some kind of joke.

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  4. Donald, Great shots of the warblers. I really love the kinglet too. Happy Birding!

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  5. Lovely collection of birds!

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  6. Hey Don, It would be nice if all these birds would be more cooperative, it's maddening how they sit still inside the thicket and only perch for a moment when there out in the open. Drat. Still you caught some beauties!
    Cheers to you Sir!

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  7. Great captures Donald! Those Ruby-crowns are quick aren't they? Only the male has the ruby crown and they only show it when they are excited so it's not surprising that we don't see it very often.

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  8. Great shots, Donald! The color is wonderful!

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