Saturday, September 9, 2017

A Confusion of Fall Warblers III

Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
Bay-breasted Warbler Setophaga castanea
Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
'greeny' Tennessee Warbler Leiothlypis peregrina
'yellowy' Tennessee Warbler Leiothlypis peregrina
Nashville Warbler Leiothlypis ruficapilla
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura only a mother could love
Red Fox Vulpes vulpes ("Listen to your zugunruhe...")
  A west to east transit of the cemeteries starting in NDN, marked by wet feet and yet more warblers.  I bumped into Jean-Sebastian Mayer between the two cemeteries, who informed me he’d seen a healthy 42 species on his lunch break, with 17 Wood-warbler species among them. Well, I took that as, if not a weird personal challenge, then as a bit of a benchmark. So I hit it hard, birding for five hours through a mixed bag, both weather and bird-wise.  Loads of birds out there, innit.
  Got good and tangled up with some decent little warbler waves, mostly bunched up at the northern and southern edges of the Mount-Royal Cemetery, and several ‘new’ and fruitful spots I’ve been staking out in the NDN Cemetery. Notably birdy was the Mountain View side – every little circular plot held a different mix of skulkers below and flutterers overhead.  I sheltered from a squall in some small woods up there, and found myself looking up at the warblers filter through the canopy like I was in the world's coolest planetarium.
  Also saw 'my' Red Fox again, now officially my new spirit guide, and she was looking in better shape.  When in Korea, by the way, that role is assumed by the Blue Rock Thrush.

Mount-Royal Cemetery + (Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery), September 7, 2017
Turkey Vulture-2
Cooper’s Hawk-1
Bald Eagle-1 headed north over Mountain View
Peregrine Falcon-(1 at U de M)
Ring-billed Gull-(1)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird-1
Downy Woodpecker-2 (2)
Hairy Woodpecker-1
Northern Flicker-7
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher-1
Least Flycatcher-4 (2)
Eastern Phoebe-1
Philadelphia Vireo-(1)
Red-eyed Vireo-4 (3)
American Crow-7 (2)
Common Raven-1 heard
Black-capped Chickadee-14 (5)
White-breasted Nuthatch-4 (1)
Red-breasted Nuthatch-1 heard
House Wren-1
Winter Wren-1
Eastern Bluebird-6 (4)
Swainson’s Thrush-1
Veery-3
Grey Catbird-2
Cedar Waxwing-7
Tennessee Warbler-7 (3)
Nashville Warbler-2
Chestnut-sided Warbler-2
Magnolia Warbler-12+ (9+) felt like there was one in every tree
Cape May Warbler-2 (1)
Blackburnian Warbler-2 (1)
Black-throated Blue Warbler-2 (1)
Black-throated Green Warbler-6+ (4+) quite a few in the southern edges
Yellow-rumped Warbler-(1)
Palm Warbler-1
Blackpoll Warbler-4 (2)
Bay-breasted Warbler-8+ (4)
Black-and-white Warbler-1
American Redstart-9 (2)
Common Yellowthroat-2
Ovenbird-2 (1)
Wilson’s Warbler-4 (2)
Scarlet Tanager-1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak-1 (2)
Indigo Bunting- 1
Northern Cardinal-4
Chipping Sparrow-70+ (65+) big numbers, absolute clouds of them
Song Sparrow-6 (3)
American Goldfinch-6 (4)

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