Visiting the little ones.

Visiting my titmouse friends at Chesnut Park.

Saw several yellow throated warblers including one that landed on the boardwalk.

A young northern parula.

Black capped chickadees are common here during migration.

The usual birds were out on the dock, a limpkin and green heron.

Birds at Chesnut Park in September.

Linking to Wednesday Around the World.

They all look alike

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This one looks like a female common yellowthroat. Although, it also looks like a female hooded warbler.

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The above two looks more like a female hooded warbler.

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Possible pine warbler.

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Or these could be a pine warbler.

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This is an easy one. A yellow throated warbler.

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A palm warbler.

All of these little yellow guys look alike. Especially the females.  Pine, Palm, Prairie or Polka Dots???   I can’t keep them straight. Next spring I’m going to take the time to write down what they are as I am taking pictures if someone there knows. Sometimes I have different people telling me the same bird is something different so that’s even more confusing. These were all taken in mid-November at Chesnut Park. It was a busy day for little yellow birds.

“Warbler Neck” part 2

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All of the above look almost alike. There are a few differences in some of them.  One has a black bill while the others have orange bills.  I was told that morning at Fort Desoto by “bird experts” that these were flycatchers.   They could be eastern woodpee or a least flycatcher.  They all looked like eastern phoebes to me.

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There were a few redstarts in the trees. I’m not sure why they call them redstarts. They don’t have any red in them, only yellow and orange.

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I think this is a Tennessee warbler.

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A new bird for me, a Swainson’s Thrush. He was high up in the trees and I had to brighten up this one.

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This looks like a young mockingbird.

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A usual sight during migration, a black and white warbler.

Next year I’m going to take the time to take notes on what these birds are.  I heard several times different people calling birds different things. I usually come home and look everything up but they are all starting to look the same. Please correct me if any of these are wrong.

Big ball of fire in the trees.

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This was the most popular bird at Fort Desoto on a Saturday morning in early October. Not that summer tanagers are very rare during migration. Not because he was a juvenile male that hadn’t completely molted into his red feathers yet. It was his curiosity and his willingness to show off that everyone was taking a ton of pictures of him. He was hanging out very low in the trees while all of the other birds stayed up high. He would bring his snack to a visible spot for all to see while he was eating.

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He would swoop down and get very close and pose for everyone. People with long lenses were pulling out their phones to take pictures of him. I took the two above with my phone. You can see the orange and yellow dot sitting on the big branch in the first one. He really had everyone entertained that morning.

Linking to Saturday’s Critters

Going home with “warbler neck”

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Summer tanagers were posing for the crowd.

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Black and white warbler with a bug.

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Redstart hiding in the shadows.

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Blue gray gnatcatchers eating bugs.

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A rare yellow billed cuckoo was the star of the day. I had seen one once before at Circle B Bar Reserve but there were many birders there that had their first sighting of one. He was high up in the tree but everyone was able to get a good shot.

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The one of many palm warblers that hang out here in the winter.

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White eyed vireos will be common to spot this winter.

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I was told the two above were Nashville warblers. Can anyone confirm?

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A brief glimpse of a Tennessee warbler.

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My first Philadelphia Vireo. He was hanging around the cuckoo.

“We got fall out!” was the term used on the bird forums.  Fort Desoto Park was covered in birds that had stopped for a rest on their way south for the winter in early October. I got to the park around 8am and many people already looking up in the oak trees at the picnic area. I spent several hours taking tons of pictures and had “warbler neck” from staring straight up into the trees for so long. A nap after lunch got rid of that. It’s not often you get a day where you can stand under a tree and see so many different birds.