Thursday, September 19, 2013
First cormorant of the fall, other sightings
Today I saw a Double-crested Cormorant flying down the 17th street canal, at treetop level, headed south across Metairie Road. My first of the fall. Numbers will build from now forward; they are common around our drainage canals in winter. Sometimes in migration they occur in flocks, often passing in (loose) V formation. I hope to see such a group sometime in the coming weeks as well.
I also made a quick stop at the Bucktown artificial marsh and the adjacent weedy area. I spooked a Blue Grosbeak along the mowed trail, an adult male in blue plumage (males of this species do not molt into brown fall colors like male Indigo Buntings do). I also did some "spishing" and pulled in a couple Common Yellowthroats, both young males with hazy black masks. Not many birds there, but the habitat still looks enticing!