Almost the end of spring migration – Skywatch Friday

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A rose breasted grosbeak chowing on mulberries.

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My first Tennessee warbler.

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Bay breasted warbler. This one is fairly rare around here, even during migration.

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I can’t remember what this is. Probably just a yellow rumped warbler.

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American redstart.

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I can’t remember what this is either. I think a red eyed vireo.

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Black throated blue warbler.

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Prothonotary warbler

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Scarlet tanager with a snack in his beak.

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I think this is a blue grosbeak. He had some brown on his feathers.

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Cardinal with a half eaten grasshopper.

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A nanday (black hooded) parakeet showed up in the middle of the little migrating birds. He was looking around like “What are all of these people doing in the woods?” He didn’t stay long.

It was early May and spring migration was still going on. The little birds were passing through on their way up north for the summer. Another Saturday morning with the trails packed with people. I saw my first Tennessee warbler this morning. I know I should have been more excited but really, they are all starting to look alike. Now that it’s June, not a soul is on the trails except mosquitos but the beaches are packed with tourists.

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10 thoughts on “Almost the end of spring migration – Skywatch Friday

  1. Dina — this is wonderful. (It would, obviously, be 10 posts for me, one for each bird — you get wonderful pictures !! Even if I were there I’d miss most of these I’m sure. Love this post . Next year we are staying later in the season. Maybe I’ll be able to see a few of these, with any luck at all.

  2. Awesome shots Dina. I believe your “Red-eyed Vireo” is a Swainson’s Warbler! That’s a very good sighting, it’s one of the hardest warblers to find. Notice the dark eyeline, pale eyebrow, white “eyeliner” under eye, and overall drab brown color. Amazing!

  3. Great shots Dina. I believe your “Red-eyed Vireo” is a Swainson’s Warber! That’s an awesome sighting, it’s one of the harder warblers to find. Notice the dark eye line on both sides of the eye, white eyebrow, white “eyeliner” under eye, and overall drab brown/olive color. Very cool!

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