Today was a fun backyard birding day! I didn’t see a lot of migrants, but the
“common” birds were sure busy! Baby birds were everywhere raising a ruckus with
parents darting back and forth finding food for the mouths that never seemed
full! The chickadees had at least five fledglings and the nuthatches had at
least one. The house finches and house sparrows also had many youngsters
begging for food as well.
Excitement for the day included one bald eagle (new yard bird!), a
yellow-billed cuckoo, an American redstart and a blackpoll warbler. The last
three are FOS for me. Can you believe the yellow-billed cuckoo was in the
feeder area near the water feature? I was watching the little nuthatch when the
jays started screaming bloody murder and birds everywhere ducked for cover.
When I jerked around, the bird was in the buttonbush and I first thought it was
a hawk. When my brain kicked in, I realized what it was. I was able to get a
couple of shots, and when I brought the camera down to reposition, it was gone.
The rose-breasted grosbeaks were five in number. At least two could be seen at
the feeder and/or water all day. I've included a shot of a male with
interesting feathers. Still molting?
http://www.pbase.com/image/163176985/large I also got to watch two common
nighthawks fly around for a while near dusk. I had 50 species for the day.
Great Crested Flycatcher