Posted by: jasonbojczyk | 1 September 2014

Unique Encounters With Birds

Today’s Count: 2

Mississippi Kite-1

Cooper’s Hawk-1

Additional Raptors Seen:

Black Vulture-5

Turkey Vulture-5

Cooper’s Hawk-1

Swainson’s Hawk-1

Crested Caracara-2

Today was mostly sunny with light to moderate southeast winds. There was surprisingly little raptor activity.

Crested Caracara

Crested Caracara

There wasn’t too much noteworthy with non-raptors today. The main highlights were 115 Kingbirds and a flock of 6 Solitary Sandpipers. I think I’ve only seen 3 or more Solitary Sandpipers in one flock only once or twice before. Other interesting sightings for the day included 3 Reddish Egrets together, 6 American White Pelicans, 50 White Ibis, 17 Avocets, 86 White-winged Doves, over 1,000 Barn Swallows, over 150 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 7 Yellow Warblers, a Blue Grosbeak and 8 Orchard Orioles. The woods were extremely quiet today, with the best birds being Yellow-billed Cuckoos and an Olive-sided Flycatcher.

Three Reddish Egrets

Three Reddish Egrets flying together isn’t something I’ve seen much of.

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

I'd never seen a Yellow-billed Cuckoo perch high in a Pine before

I’d never seen a Yellow-billed Cuckoo perch high in a Pine before

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Robbins Park continues to be entertaining. From left to right: Lesser Yellowlegs, Black-necked Stilt, Greater Yellowlegs

Robbins Park continues to be entertaining. From left to right: Lesser Yellowlegs, Black-necked Stilt, Greater Yellowlegs

I didn't see this gorgeously plumaged underside until viewing photos of this bird. One photo alone can be tough for identifying shorebirds. This is a Short-billed Dowitcher

I didn’t see this gorgeously plumaged underside until viewing the photos of this bird. One photo alone can be tough for identifying shorebirds.  In a fair number of aspects, other than bill, this photo may scream Red Knot, but it is a Short-billed Dowitcher.

Tomorrow look like strong southeast winds with a decent chance of rain/thunderstorms.

 

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