Archive for Fall Migrant

Northern Parula

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Northern Parula.

Without doubt one of the prettiest Warblers that migrate through Bear Woods in the Fall is the Northern Parula. The soft green of the bird and the bright yellow is hard to miss when it visits. They are one of the more vocal birds that visit in the Spring, but still chatter loudly in the Fall. There is some cooler weather predicted in the next few days and hopefully Fall with take hold soon. I know though when it does, it will be time to say goodbye to the Warblers for 5 or 6 months. Time to enjoy them while I can.

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Blue-winged Warbler

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Blue-winged Warbler.
 
The Blue-winged Warbler is one of my trifecta of Warblers I hope to see during the migration, the other two are the Golden-winged, and Black-throated Blue Warblers. I got to see the Golden-winged a week or so ago, but didn’t get to photograph it. So far though I am being skunked by the Black-throated Blue for the year. I heard this one yesterday long before I saw it, but then it popped up in the corner of the yard. I waited patiently as it worked its way over to the area closest to me. It didn’t pose for long, but I only needed 1/100th of a second! Such a beauty!
 
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A Little Late to the Party

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Black-throated Blue Warbler

Bay-breasted Warblers

 

A little late to the party.
 
A few of the southbound Warblers continue to make appearances here in the Bear Woods Wildlife Sanctuary. Yesterday was a cool, windy morning and I didn’t expect to see many birds beyond the usual, but the wind was from the northwest and the birds were pushed into our path. I still am seeing several Bay-breasted Warblers, and yesterday I was very surprised when a Black-throated Blue Warbler came by as well. It flew from one plant to another grabbing insects and posing briefly before flying off into the woods. I also had a Yellow-rumped Warbler fly in, but wasn’t able to capture an image. Then there was a mystery Warbler that flew in for only a few seconds. I have a really good idea what it was, but can’t say for sure, I hope it comes back today…it would boost our total for the year.
 
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A pleasant fall surprise, a Cape May Warbler

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A pleasant Fall surprise, a Cape May Warbler.
 
I’ve got a lot more landscape images to post, but yesterday I got to spend a few minutes on my back porch overlooking the Bear Woods Wildlife Sanctuary(I love saying that), and observing the birds coming by to visit. There were great numbers of my usual suspects, then a group of Tennessee Warblers visited, then a few Bay-breasted Warblers, and finally this Cape May Warbler came in a few times, but stopped only once long enough for me to get a few images. This year was the first time I had seen Cape Mays at my house in the fall and it is great seeing them now 3 different times. I hope they continue to visit for a few days more.
 
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Summer Tanager

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Summer Tanager.
 
Yesterday was a great day here in Bear Woods, I didn’t do much photography, but instead got to spend the morning with an incredible birder on the back porch. Yesterday was the day for our certification by the Atlanta Audubon Society for our application for designation as a Wildlife Sanctuary. Just sitting and watching and listening to a birder with her knowledge is fantastic. She quickly identified little subtle noises as Wood Thrush and Swainson’s Thrush. She talked to me about the different calls and songs of the birds we were seeing and hearing. I am just hoping some of knowledge can rub off on me! The birds cooperated by sending in some non-frequent visitors for us to see. We had an Acadian Flycatcher, a Blue-winged Warbler (very briefly) and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. At the end of our morning we had recorded 34 species of birds!
 
We get Scarlet Tanagers up here all summer, but it isn’t until the fall I get to see their “cousins”, the Summer Tanager. I really enjoy seeing all the visitors up here and look forward to sitting and admiring the songs and sights each morning. I think the next few days will be very busy and hope to have some more new and fresh images of visitors to the newly designated Bear Woods Wildlife Sanctuary.
 
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Cape May Warbler (f)

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Cape May Warbler (f).
 
Yesterday was a really great day of birding in the backyard. 30 different birds and 11 of those Warblers. Observing, photographing and identifying Fall Warblers can be tough. At the point this one flew in, I had probably 10 Warblers in the Crepe Myrtles, mostly Chestnut-sided and Tennessee Warblers. The Cape May popped up on a group of flowers and I immediately noticed it was different from the others. I consider myself decent at identifying birds, but an infant when identifying migrating Warblers. Fortunately, I have a camera, which means I can take a look at the details in the bird. I will take photos of the back and underneath of the bird often as well since they are all clues to the identity. I look in my Peterson Field Guides to Warblers, come up with a “guesstimate”, then I will run the photo through Cornell’s Merlin Bird ID App. When it confirms an ID, but on 2 of the photos gives another ID, I will rely on a network of extremely knowledgeable friends and even Facebook’s “What’s this bird” page. It is a good feeling when you get confirmation on a tough Fall bird ID. I feel like I am starting to walk as a Toddler now! For me, being a better photographer means being a better naturalist, which in turns means being a better steward of the land I live on.
 
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Prairie Warbler – A first here in Bear Woods

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Prairie Warbler – A first here in Bear Woods.
 
Yesterday morning a friend came over to watch the birds with me. I will say this out front, she set the bar really high for any future visitors by bring some incredible Blueberry muffins…just saying… The birds didn’t flock in like they did the day before but did come in with some good numbers. The Red-eyed Vireos put on a little show for us, but we did have 9 Warblers including a juvenile Magnolia Warbler and this Prairie Warbler, which was the first Prairie Warbler I have observed and recorded up here. This brings this year’s Warbler total to 22!!! I love our home!
 
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My, what big eyes you have…

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My, what big eyes you have…
 
Chestnut-sided Warblers seem to have really large eyes. I think it is the white ring around them that makes them look that way. Looking back in my files from last year, the largest part of the fall migration started when the Chestnut-sided started showing up in groups. The birds will form small “flocks” and travel south together. Yesterday I had groups of 3 or 4 of Chestnut-sided, Blackburnian and Tennessee Warblers coming in to check things out. The Hooded and Black-throated Green Warblers are always here in groups so I seeing good numbers at one time. I thing Fall is just around the corner!
 
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Fall Baltimore Oriole

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Fall Baltimore Oriole.
 
One bird that definitely rivals the Scarlet Tanager for incredible fall plumage would be the male Baltimore Oriole. I have had several in the backyard this week and to see the bright birds fly down is quite impressive. I have been seeing lots of Tanagers this week as well and yesterday more Warblers are moving through. I want to get a good image of one before I add it to my list, but it would make 24 for the year. Bird Nirdvana is continuing into fall here in Bear Woods!
 
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Tennessee Warbler and Updates

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Tennessee Warbler and Updates
 
With Irma now long gone, there are Warblers showing up. We have some in decent numbers, the Tennessee, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Green, Hooded and Worm-eating Warblers. In the past few days I have had a few new ones come through. Two days ago was a Common Yellowthroat, and yesterday was a Golden-winged Warbler. I managed a couple pics of each but not what I consider my “calendar” quality images. This brings the total of Warblers in the backyard this year to 22! I know if I wandered down into the woods I would probably see more, but it is hard to carry my coffee and shoot too!
 
This week I was in contact with the organizers/coordinators for a couple of events I will be a keynote speaker at one and a field workshop leader at another. In the beginning of May I will be leading some workshops at The Biggest Week of Birding near Toledo, OH and the end of May will be a keynote speaker at the 2018 Nature Celebration for NANPA in Jackson Hole, WY. I will also do some morning shoots with attendees as well. I will update the information as I get it and I hope you can make one of the events.
 
The information on today’s Tennessee Warbler, Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2500, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsPhotography