Daily Archives: August 15, 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

 

Enjoy