Monday, September 24, 2007

Weekend Birds

On Saturday I found a Wilson's Warbler working the thicket beside our driveway. Fruiting trees along the edge of our yard are attracting Northern Mockingbirds, Eastern Bluebirds, and White-eyed and Red-eyed Vireos. Watched a White-eyed Vireo pluck the red fruit from a magnolia. For some reason we get more vireos than warblers here during migration.

On Sunday I had 4 Summer Tanagers sitting in a row along a wire at the end of our backyard (that's more kingbird or bluebird style, not the way you typically see tanagers). There were also a couple in the trees. I don't know whether these are migrants, or locally breeding birds, or some combination. I know that Summer Tanagers linger well into September in California, and probably do the same here, since they seem to be continuously present from April to October.

We still have lots of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds fighting over the feeders. Other birds seen around our yard this weekend included Blue Jay, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Carolina Wren, Pine Warbler, and Northern Cardinal.


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