Saturday, April 26, 2014

Migrants in Jefferson batture

I spent 50 minutes today, mid-morning, in the Jefferson batture across from Jefferson Playground.  This area is laden with mulberries, which often hold a selection of migrants this time of year even when weather conditions (like today's south winds) are not conducive to making birds stop over in our area.  Highlights were:
30 Cedar Waxwing
10 Indigo Bunting
2 Tennessee Warbler (one singing)
2 Painted Bunting (female-type plumage)
1 Baltimore Oriole
1 Summer Tanager
1 Blue Grosbeak
1 Wood Thrush (singing)
1 Gray Catbird
1 Northern-Rough-winged Swallow
1 Sedge Wren (the most surprising species, as it is out of habitat; sang vigorously for ~ 2 minutes)


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