Fall migration is well under way, with all the expected birds showing up when expected. Above, a willow flycatcher.
Wilson’s warbler, warbling vireo, orange-crowned warbler, lazuli bunting, Nashville warbler, western tanager and black-chinned hummingbird have all shown up. The next few weeks should herald the rest of our western warblers: Townsends, black-throated gray, MacGillvirays, yellow-rumped and hermit. Yellow warblers have been present all summer, likely raised a brood.
Some of our summer birds will linger for a while. Scott’s and Bullock’s orioles are getting scarce, and adult males seem to have all left. Few, if any adult male hooded orioles remain, while female and juvenile birds are still common. There are still male and female black-headed grosbeaks and blue grosbeaks.
The little parakeet showed up on August 2. There is a budgie breeder in town, and this is the third apparent escapee I’ve had at my feeder. The bird seems well integrated into the local flock of house sparrows.