It was a great day of birding in our yard. After days of having just
Yellow-rumps, I was surprised to find 4 warbler species: late Tennessee and
Black-throated Green Warblers, plus Pine and Yellow-rumped Warblers. We also
had two Blue-headed Vireos, one of which was quietly singing and scolding.
Most exciting, though, were the waterfowl. While I was standing on the driveway
I spotted a small, speedy duck with a pointed tail flying high overhead. I took
a few photos and was surprised to see that it was a male Hooded Merganser -
yard bird #154! A couple hours later while I was looking out my bedroom window
I noticed some small flocks of ducks circling around. As one group of Gadwall
got closer I noticed a tiny duck among them. I took as many photos as I could
and realized it was a Green-winged Teal - yard bird #155! We now have a total
of 11 duck species on our yard list.
Finally, during the afternoon I heard Snow Geese through my open bedroom
window, so I poked my head out to see a flock of exactly 100 birds headed
southwest. I'll have to review my photos, but I believe there were 2 or 3
Ross's Geese among them.
Checklist and photos of warblers and merganser:
Checklist and photos of teal: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40360008.
Checklist and photos of geese:
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