Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Some migrants around: flock at UNO

Today I made what I intended to be a brief stop at the small woodlot beside the Fine Arts building on the UNO campus, which is a spot I regularly check for migrants passing through.

I started out seeing a Northern Parula high in a tallow tree, but then had no more contact with any migrants until ten minutes later.  Then I got a different perspective on (probably the same) tallow crown from another direction, and saw movement.  It was a Blackburnian Warbler.  More movement, a Red-eyed Vireo.  Then a Magnolia.  Then a Redstart. Then another Redstart.  Then a Yellow-throated Vireo.  They were hanging with chickadees.

Birds were moving slowly south, putting them into the sun.  So I walked around the south side of the woodlot to try and get them in better light.  The flock continued easing my direction, and I added a Scarlet Tanager, and then a Summer.  Then the same warblers and vireos I had already spotted began to appear in the trees on the edge in front of me.  Just when I thought I had seen everything there was to see in the flock, a Black-and-White Warbler showed itself.

Walking back around the woodlot's east edge to return to my car, another Scarlet Tanager startled me by sallying out to snag a bug over the lawn, about ten feet over the ground.

Good birding,


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