Fall Migration Walk #2

October 16, 2016

What a beautiful day to go birding!  It was cool and dry and sunny. It was too bad the birding was slow. We started out with a Yellow-rumped Warbler and a Hermit Thrush on the path near the dog run. As we soon learned, there were Yellow Rumps all over. Near the ball field I spotted a Savannah Sparrow but unfortunately on a few of us saw it, as it flew into the low foliage, frustrating. We spotted Red-tailed Hawk and an Osprey as we proceeded to the landfill. I was expecting American Kestrels and a Northern Harrier but couldn’t locate the Kestrels. Parks Department’s new fence and the foliage that grew behind it blocked our view. The Harrier came up suddenly and gave a us a good show. Later, as we were leaving, a a Red-tail, Coopers Hawk and the Harrier flew overhead. Joe Morales got a shot of the Harrier, a male, also known as a “Gray Ghost.” Our only other warbler besides the Yellow -rumped was a Pine Warbler, which gave us some great views. There were lots of Black-capped Chickadees, Eastern Phoebes and Woodpeckers. Bill was eager to find a Blue-headed Vireo but we could only get a Red-eyed. I think the Blue-headed left about a week ago. There were also a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets, one gave us a great show, only five feet away. We walked through many of the more productive areas in about three hours and everyone left smiling. Another great group of people. Photos by Joe Morales and Jane Rothman

I can’t remember what I was pointing at in this photo. I brought the scope but maybe used it once. There must have been a bird somewhere.

A Yellow-rumped Warbler, photographed by Joe Morales, on the walk. You can’t see its yellow rump but notice the warbler size and warbler bill, yellow wash and streaking on its flanks. They are sometimes nicknamed “Butter Butts or Butter Bums.”

We were searching for sparrows here as we birded the edge of the ball field. Maybe there was a Red-tailed Hawk above, as a few of us seem to be looking skyward.

above: This looks like a male Northern Harrier aka “Gray Ghost.” right: I think we were trying to locate the Pine Warbler in this photo. It eventually came out and gave us a good show.

Photos by Joe Morales

It looks like Gerry found something but nobody else can find it yet.

Species Account

Hermit Thrush

Yellow-rumped Warbler 

Tufted Titmouse

Savannah Sparrow

Song Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow


Pine Warbler

Blue Jay

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Double-crested Cormorant

Ring-billed Gull

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-eyed Vireo

Northern Flicker

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Phoebe

House Sparrows

Mourning Dove

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Harrier

Red-tailed Hawk

Coopers Hawk

Gray Catbird

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