Friday, September 11, 2009

Quality birds for this 9-11 day

Before I go into my catch of the day, I want take time to remember all the people who lost their lives 8 years ago at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania due to terrorist hijacked planes and also to those who lost their lives trying to save those from the horrific event. We are grateful for all that has been sacrificed and for the freedom we are able to express daily.

Quality not quantity was the catch of the day!

Another east wind today; but who cares when you have good quality birds like this quiz bird
and a nice looking adult male Connecticut Warbler. Yes, you heard me a Connecticut Warbler. So get out there and look for the Connecticut Warbler you missed in the spring. We catch more Connecticuts in the fall than we do in the spring; so maybe your chances of seeing one is greater in the fall.Below is a Hatching Year (HY) male Mourning Warbler with the adult male Connecticut Warbler. I am hoping you can see the split eye ring on the Mourning Warbler and the Connecticut Warbler's eye ring is more vibrant or as I say goes "boing!" compared to the duller split eye ring of the Mourning Warbler.Another highlight for the day was this Philadelphia Vireo. Its lemon yellow throat and belly look like lemon meringue pie. Eight species of warbler were seen or heard today which include Magnolia, Black-throated Blue, Blackburnian, Bay-breasted, Ovenbird, Connecticut, Mourning, and Common Yellowthroat. American Robin, Veery, Swainson’s, and Gray-cheeked Thrush were the thrushes for the day.
Here is the whole body of the quiz bird. It has a characteristic facial pattern and even if the photo does not show that the yellow on this bird has a tint of orange in it. How is that for a hint?!
The quiz bird is the best looking warbler in my opinion. It is the Blackburnian Warbler!
Enjoy the weekend! Search for those warblers. They are out there!

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