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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Brown Thrasher, Hummers still here

We still have a Brown Thrasher here. Saw it today, along with some migrating warblers. It likes to sit in our rhododendrons, or in our peninsula of shrubs that's behind our bird feeders, providing cover. Thrashers can be skulky birds, but this one popped up to check out the scene.
Allowed me to get this photo. Such a classic Brown Thrasher pose. Check out the long tail and suprisingly long bill. Becoming tuned in to the shape of birds can help you ID them at a distance, even when you don't see their colors.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird at our Stokes Select Sky Prism feeder.

As we said, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are still coming through here, everyone's talking about it. It's late to see hummers. It has been pretty warm here, with lots of plants blooming. Maybe that, (or global warming?) has something to do with it. We're keeping the feeders up.

The birding has been good here. Here are some of the birds we have seen on our property in the last 2 days.

Osprey
17 Wood Ducks
1 Green-winged Teal
1 Black Duck
2 Mallards
Great Blue Heron
Eastern Towhee
Brown Thrasher
5 Northern Flickers
several Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
Northern Parula
Blackpoll Warbler
Palm Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-rumped Warblers
Gray Catbird
Blue-headed Vireo
Cedar Waxwings
White-throated Sparrows
Song Sparrows
Chipping Sparrows
Savannah Sparrows

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