Townsend’s Solitaire and more…. 10-14-14

I wouldn’t usually post such a crappy photograph in this blog.  But this is a special occasion! Townsend’s Solitaire is a bird of high montane forests, not Jacumba.  I can only suggest that it was driven to lower elevation by the drought, or perhaps, like last week’s band-tailed pigeon, it stopped by in transit from our mountains to the forests of Baja, which are not too far to the south.

Last Sunday, on a Western Field Ornithologists field trip the same species was noted in flight directly overhead (I didn’t see it).  So this morning I was amazed to see this bird feeding on berries in my pyracantha.  This might be the same bird as seen on Sunday.

Townsend's Solitaire  420mm Nikkor  1/1600 sec f5.6 ISO 4200

Townsend’s Solitaire ~ 1.4TC/ 300mm f4 AFS  Nikkor 1/160 sec f5.6 ISO 4200 ~ just after sunrise.

This morning I found a Chestnut-sided warbler at the eastern edge of town adjacent to the old ag fields.  This is a first-year female.  Another really good bird, an eastern warbler.

Chestnut-sided warbler 10-14-14

Chestnut-sided warbler 10-14-14

Chestnut-sided warbler 10-14-14

Chestnut-sided warbler 10-14-14

Chestnut-sided warbler 10-14-14

Chestnut-sided warbler 10-14-14

Lastly, a flycatcher photographed at the swamp on 10-13-14.  It looks to me to be a Willow Fly, but the primary extension looks to be too short, and there are no bold wing-bars.

Willow flycatcher 10-13-14

Willow flycatcher 10-13-14

Willow flycatcher 10-13-14

Willow flycatcher 10-13-14

 

One thought on “Townsend’s Solitaire and more…. 10-14-14

  1. Gretchen Nell

    The Chestnut-sided Warbler photos are so beautiful! PLUS, a Townsend’s Solitaire – great day.

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