I was bummed that I would miss fall migration due to my shoulder surgery but it seems that fall migration came to me one afternoon. I came home from physical therapy and looked out the back window and saw some birds hopping around near the bird bath. I was thinking it would be the same birds that visit (titmouse, chickadees, etc) so I barely looked but then I noticed a few that looked different. I still had my camera set up on my tripod so I started snapping. There were a few immature indigo buntings.
There were several flashes of yellow and one was a non-breeding male scarlet tanager that was taking a bath.
Above are female summer tanagers.
A red eyed vireo stopped for a quick drink.
Pine warblers are fairly common in the backyard during the winter.
Catbirds are also common in the winter. He was photobombed by a bluebird.
Chickadees come by almost every day but it’s always hard to get a decent shot. They are very skittish.
There were several house finches this afternoon.
Later in the day the neighborhood red shoulder hawk stopped by and that cleared out all of the birds. I always know when he’s here since Harley (my young cockatiel) has a certain high pitch scream when he sees him. I jumped off the couch when I heard that scream and there he was, low in the tree. I ran outside and shooed him away but not before snapping the above.
I made it home right before lunch and when I saw all of the birds in the backyard I started snapping (all through the window). An hour later I was starving but it was hard to pull myself away from the window. I eventually did but I kept peeking out. I looked up on the BirdCast Migration tool website for Pinellas County. It said that over 5 million birds had passed through that night so I think that explains the fall out on this day in mid-October. We normally get one million passing through on a big fall out day.
What a nice treat, to have all these lovely birds come to you. I love the beautiful Tanagers. Great shot of the Hawk. Beautiful birds and photos.
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Those are amazing photos. The hawk is awe-inspiring. I was grateful to clearly see a red-eyed vireo finally, here. I love their song and only managed to shoot one once. They hide in the leaves of the trees! So impolite! 🙂
I need to find out what birds migrate through my area and when. You sure hit the jackpot with all of these birds at your house! WOW! And your photos are great! Enjoy your weekend!
You really captured some great images.
We got lots of birds in our back yard. None as nice as what you showed but I am going to have to give the windows a good washing to take photos through the glass.