The earliest Fall birds begin to show up in late July. A smattering of western tanagers along with some orange-crowned warblers, Wilson’s warblers, good numbers of female and juvenile lazuli buntings and pairs of warbling vireos. ones and twos of black-throated gray warblers, Nashville warblers, yellow warblers, common yellow-throats and Townsend’s warblers.
We should see more migrating birds through the end of October. Winter residents such as sapsuckers, white-crowned sparrows and Audubon’s warblers should be arriving in small numbers during September and October.
Summer resident birds such as blue grosbeaks will be around for a while, most of the orioles have left. Only a few female and juveniles remain.
Flycatchers are rather difficult to distinguish, especially willows and wood-pewees. Any comments?
The Muscovy Duck is a domestic, barnyard, animal. Someone dumped two adults and 7 ducklings at the pond. I noticed them on 9-3-16. Its possible, but not likely, that the ducklings were hatched here. Note the large claws. These are large ducks, almost goose sized.