Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Bucktown marsh area looking good for fall birding

Today I spend 20 minutes in Bucktown, across the levee from R&O's restaurant, at and around the artificial marsh there.  It was noon, and thus not very birdy, but the habitat looks worth focusing some attention on over the next few months.  Lots of weedy and scrubby thickets, with a trail cut into them for ease of access.

One characteristic about fall migration is that more species use open sun-lit weedy and scrubby habitats than in spring- perhaps because the weed layer is substantially more tall and dense after a summer's worth of growth. This area should be good for Yellow Warblers right now; the most common species in September will probably be CommonYellowthroat, and in October Indigo Bunting and SwampSparrow.  Many others should join them.

Of course, there is the bonus of having the lakefront there- today I had Green, Yellow-crowned Night, and Little Blue Herons, Snowy Egret, and Spotted Sandpiper in my binoculars at once on the rip-rap shoreline.

Over the decades this spot has turned up lots of interesting birds, ranging from Lark Bunting to Burrowing Owl.

Good birding,


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