14 May 2010
13 May 2010
Back on the Magee Marsh boardwalk in the late afternoon saw slim picking out there, aside from a male Wilson's Warbler that seemed intent in getting rid of all other warblers from its chosen feeding area. However, this spiffy Prothonotary Warbler was the true Magee star today, one of a pair prospecting for a nest in the area. This stellar male dropped into a dead branch and was greeted with a flurry of flash activity from the assembled bird paparazzi, the bird looking like it was lined up for the oscars not the Biggest Week in American Birding Festival. And appropriately so turned this way and that and seemed to revel in the limelight!
11 May 2010
Continuing The Biggest Week in American Birding today a pre-dawn start saw us at a dock in
Late afternoon on the Magee Marsh boardwalk brought Bay-breasted Warbler, and the female Golden-winged Warbler that has taken up residence and has now been on site for at least 4 days. The real showstoppers for me though were the friendly warblers along the spur into the reedbed where this Chestnut-sided begged me to photograph him, and this male Mrytle then tried to outperform him with his close-up antics.
07 May 2010
International Migratory Bird Day up next at Magee Marsh...
I begun my day again, and started THE BIGGEST WEEK IN AMERICAN BIRDING, in the
A brief period on the Magee Marsh boardwalk in the afternoon got me this Kentucky Warbler creeping through the garlic mustard (bottom photo)…
05 May 2010
03 May 2010
Spent today cleaning up and closing down the Tropical Birding Information Center here in High Island. Have not checked the woods yet, although they look mighty tempting just across the street! Photos: Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler
A steady flow of birds dropping into the drip by the Grandstand encouraged me to check the photo blind as there were a few spaces available. I intended to pop in for 10 minutes, but stayed an hour. The action was non-stop, frenetic, gripping and unmissable. I sat glued as warbler after warbler fought for a place at the drips, birds literally lining up alongside to get a space! It was not just warblers though as Baltimore Orioles, Gray Catbirds, Indigo Buntings, Painted Buntings, Orchard Orioles, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks also hung around too. In all more than 20 species of birds visited, including a mindblowing 14 species of warbler! Best among the warblers were Magnolia, Golden-winged, Blackburnian, and even a furtive female Mourning Warbler that refused to actually get wet. The main pulse of warblers though was dominated initially by Yellow Warblers and Chestnut-sided early on, switching to a flurry of American Redstarts when I returned just before dusk. It was not just about diversity though, as the numbers of birds was remarkable too, with scenes of 5 different American Redstarts flicking nervously around the drips, while Chestnut-sided and Magnolia Warblers looked on not uncommon! An awesome last afternoon at this very special spot for migration.
02 May 2010
At Rollover Pass terns packed the sandy islands, including a good spread of Black Terns, many of which are now in sharp-looking breeding dress. The headliner though was a lost looking reddish Red Knot standing alone amongst the terns, cormorants, and Black Skimmers.
Back on High Island, this Common Nighthawk spent the afternoon sleeping by the entrance to Boy Scout Woods, and a couple of furtive Magnolia Warblers in Smith Oaks were pretty much all I could get hold of, among the horde of Tennessee and Yellow Warblers, and Scarlet Tanagers that dominated the mix in High Island in the afternoon.