Near Chester Forest and Stillforest, I saw a Red-shouldered Hawk on the nest I observed last year. I assume it was incubating eggs, although it's a little bit early.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
This morning I slept in to nurse a mild cough I picked up last week. But this afternoon I couldn't resist getting out to bird the neighborhood for a couple hours. I walked about a mile and a half on the streets around my house and was excited to see the first major movement of north-bound migrating songbirds I have seen in the area. I ran into 5 large mixed-species foraging flocks while I was out. The first was the largest, and included 3 species I had not seen yet this year in the neighborhood: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Nashville Warbler, and Black-and-white Warbler. But mostly these flocks were full of 3 common winter resident species that are now preparing to head north. While I was out I estimated that I saw 21 Orange-crowned Warblers, 30 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and 32 Yellow-rumped Warblers. I managed to get these 2 pictures of a Yellow-rumped Warbler and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
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