Monthly Archives: August 2013

Adieu to Our Orioles ~ Hello to Fall Migrants!

MacGillivray's Warbler

MacGillivray’s Warbler

Our orioles seem to have left town.  The males started thinning out a couple of weeks ago while at the same time the number of females/juveniles appeared to peak.  Just a couple of days past on August 8 I had 5 hooded and 2 Bullock’s at my jelly feeder.  Today and yesterday one-or-so birds.  We’ll probably have a few lingering birds for a few days or weeks, but we won’t see large numbers until about the last week in March.

Hopefully we’ll have a few wintering birds, like last winter when a female Bullock’s and 2 male Scott’s spent the winter.

Ditto black-headed grosbeaks.

But in exchange for the orioles we’ve had nice numbers of lazuli buntings and Wilson’s warblers, a few western tanagers, warbling vireos and today, a MacGillivray’s warbler.  All these birds are on their fall migration – south.  The fall migration leisurely in comparison to the frantic spring migration.  So we should have some nice migrating birds in town through early November. Perhaps we’ll see a rose-breasted grosbeak or pinyon jay this year.  Watch the sky!

Lazuli Bunting ~ female

Lazuli Bunting ~ female

Lazuli Bunting ~ male

Lazuli Bunting ~ male

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Wilson's Warbler Adult Male

Wilson’s Warbler Adult Male

Blue Grosbeak ~ female or juvenile

Blue Grosbeak ~ female or juvenile

Brown-crested Flycatcher

Brown-crested Flycatcher

Finally, the town’s Harris hawks recently got together for a gab fest.

Three Harris' Hawks

Three Harris’ Hawks

 

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Early Western Migrants

Wilson's Warbler Adult Male

Wilson’s Warbler Adult Male

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo

The fall migration seems to have started a bit early this year.  Last week Trent Stanley & I found a pair of warbling vireos at the swamp. On Sunday August 4, 2013 I found a female-type lazuli bunting, also at the swamp. Yesterday I found a pair of adult male western tanagers at my bird bath.  And today there were four Wilson’s warblers and one warbling vireo at the swamp.

Black-chinned Hummer, Adult male

Black-chinned Hummer, Adult male

Migrant hummers are right on time this year with many rufous/Allens and Black-chinnned all feeding at my hummingbird feeders.

Hooded Orioles

Hooded Orioles

Orioles, especially hooded orioles, seem to be lined up in the trees in my yard, waiting their turn at the jelly feeder.  I’m not sure if there guys are in migration, but there seems to be an unusually large numbers of this species.  A few female-type Bullock’s orioles are seen at my feeders, but in small numbers.  Scott’s orioles have been absent for several weeks.