Sunday, October 27, 2013
Longvue Garden yesterday
I led a short birdwalk for a group who came to Longvue Gardens yesterday (Saturday) morning, in association with doing a book signing.
It was a beautiful fall day. The grounds are very well planted for birds, and under-visited by local birders.
We had a small flock of American Robins swarming over some fruiting camphor trees, accompanied by a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. An Eastern Wood-Pewee was also in the tree, through it is not a fruit-eater and was sallying for bugs.
An immature Red-tailed Hawk was perched in a pine.
In the Nature Garden, two Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were chasing each other from tree to tree. This species often does this in late fall when they first arrive here (they will spend the winter). An Eastern Phoebe was also there, and 1-2 Brown Thrashers.
We also had the usual array of resident species, including Blue Jays, Fish and American Crows, Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers, Carolina Wren, etc.