Saturday, August 30, 2008

A Few Fall Firsts

I got a late start and only spent about 2 hours birding the floodplain property this morning. But I found several birds that I haven't seen since the spring. One was this Eastern Kingbird near the Lake Creek Trail footbridge. I only see a few of these in the neighborhood each year during migration. Other firsts of the season were:
  • I found a Black-and-white Warbler about halfway between the new Lake Creek Trail parking lot and the footbridge.
  • There was at least 1 Yellow-breasted Chat near the end of Braeburn Glen.
  • 1 Baltimore Oriole was near the footbridge.
  • 2 female Wilson's Warblers were in a willow tree near the new parking lot. I got this picture of one of them. The picture is not very good but it shows the yellow over the eye but olive cheek, which is one way to distinguish it from a female Hooded Warbler.

This morning I saw a mammal I've never seen in the neighborhood before -- a Black-tailed Jackrabbit. I've seen lots of Eastern Cottontails around the creek and the T&C playing fields, but I've never seen a jackrabbit before. Unfortunately I only saw it when I got too close and it flushed. And it didn't stop running until it was out of sight, so I couldn't get a picture of it.

Last year on Labor Day weekend I found lots of cool birds in the neighborhood, so I'm hoping to repeat the experience this weekend. So far, so good!


Michael Ziegler said...

Hi, hope your Labor Day is relaxing and brings you many good sightings.
Maybe there will be some photos, too?

Mike Z

Mikael Behrens said...

Thanks Mike, same to you! I have a new blog post coming soon. Back in February I started posting all my blog pictures and more to Flickr. You can see them here. If you only want to see my photos taken in the NASWC area you can use this link. (It's all of my photos tagged with "Neighborhood".)