The migrant wave continued at Loudy-Simpson Park in Craig today. The number of Townsend’s (15) and Nashville (5) Warblers was the highest yet. A YB Chat made a very rare Craig area appearance, along with an Olive-sided Flycatcher. I did not see or hear the waterthrush or Least Flycatcher today. Eastern Kingbird and Bullock’s Oriole, a couple of species that I thought were gone for the year, showed up for an apparent last hurrah.
Sadly, with a forecasted return to sunny weather things will probably slow down until the next batch of weather.
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Checked out L-S last night and although bird numbers were way down there were a few interesting birds to report. There was one each Northern Waterthrush (on the river side of the nature trail foot bridge), Nashville Warbler, Virginia’s Warbler and Townsend’s Warbler. There were a few MacGillivray’s Warblers and a dozen or so Wilson’s and Orange-crowned Warblers. No vireos of any kind. Surprisingly, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, juncos and White-crowned Sparrows were present. They usually don’t show up until later in September. I had a nice male Townsend’s Warbler hopping around and feeding on my lawn last night. I have never seen that behavior before.
I checked out the CMS Pond for shorebirds and was rewarded with a single Killdeer. Where are the shorebirds this fall? I did see something I don’t believe I have seen before when two Peregrine Falcons flew together over the pond, causing bedlam with the local birds. I watched a flicker burrow into the very middle of a thick Russian Olive tree, quite literally quaking and making alarm sounds during the flyover.