Fall Warbler Migration

By , September 2, 2012 1:14 pm
Black-throated Green Warbler 8/31/12

Black-throated Green Warbler 8/31/12

My days off are now Friday and Saturday so that is when we expect to see the bulk of the birds each week. This week was no exception. We saw 33 different birds on Friday and 47 on Saturday. Friday was extra-special because we had our first appearance in the year for the Red-breasted Nuthatch and our first sighting in MN of the Black-throated Green Warbler. We also had a Nashville Warbler grace our yard. Not a rare bird but welcome all the same. Saturday we saw some of the same birds in Pillsbury State Forest (North of Pillager, MN). At home of Saturday we had a Pine Siskin snacking from the seeds on our driveway. I wasn’t totally sure I had a Siskin until I looked at my photos this morning.

Pine Siskin 9/1/2012

Pine Siskin

The Fall migration season seem to be starting just a tad early this year. Leaves are also turning early, though this is probably a response to the drought. The Fall foliage will probably be spottier than normal. Some patches of sumac that should be bright red are already a dull rust color.

We also have some confusing birds. I took photos on a local lake yesterday and I still cannot figure out what it is (might be several different birds). My fist assumption was a pied-billed grebe. I have been using the Crossley ID book as an aide. Still not sure. Below is a photo of 2 Swans, I think they are Trumpeter Swans but I will accept corrections if I am wrong.

Trumpeter Swans on a local lake  9/1/12

Trumpeter Swans on a local lake

6 Responses to “Fall Warbler Migration”

  1. Shawnne says:

    I totally agree with what Jerry said above! The Fall migration began on 8/31/12. That was the day we saw the Black-throated Green, the Tennessee warbler, and the Red-breasted Nuthatch; that was the start of it for me. Just hope we get rain soon. Everything is terribly dry! Looking forward to more Fall birding!

  2. Bill A. says:

    Warblers are just so confusing! There is one yellow
    colored warbler in Voorhees that I still have not
    identified. I was able to spot a black throated
    Blue this week on my trip to Cherry springs PA.

  3. Bill A. says:

    Wow! I gave up after looking at the first Sparrow

    • Jerry says:

      Fall Sparrows can be very difficult. I got only one correct on that quiz. Sometimes it is only the Sparrow’s behavior that gives the game away.

  4. Bill A. says:

    That’s good to know. There are some small sparrows in the park
    that have been impossible to get a good look at. They love to hide in
    the grass and if you spoke one of them, they all fly away!

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