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.
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