Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fall Brings Late Migrants

Winter Wren (WIWR)
Welcome to fall! This week we had our first captures of Winter Wren (WIWR), Myrtle Warbler (MYWA) and Western Palm Warbler (WPWA). Some of the volunteers weren't ready for the colder weather and were not pleased to see these birds arriving so soon. The cold fronts that passed through this week resulted in some later fall migrants mixing with some early fall migrants such as the Chestnut-sided Warbler (CSWA).
Western Palm Warbler (WPWA)
Here are some additional highlights for the week:
Golden-winged Warbler (GWWA) and Yellow-throated Vireo (YTVI)
Hooded Warbler (HOWA)

White tail spots characteristic of the HOWA
Here are a pair of tanagers: can you tell which female tanager this is?

Scarlet Tanagers (SCTA) have white axillaries (wingpits) versus yellow axillaries on a Summer Tanager (SUTA).
Scarlet Tanager (SCTA)
The male has black wings all year 'round. This bird can be aged by its primary coverts seen at tip of red arrow. It is a hatching year bird with its dull brown coverts contrasting with its black primaries.
Scarlet Tanager (SCTA) Male
Next week we anticipate the kinglets appearing.  There have been a few reported in NE Ohio.  Enjoy your fall birding!

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