Winter is coming.*

I looked out at the feeder this morning and saw, oh horrors, a Dark-eyed Junco, the first of the snowbirds. It’s hard to believe fall is here when it’s 80˚ out.

We took a walk at Five Rivers today. Not a lot of bird activity at noon, and there are a few CFWs** that remain unlisted because unknown. At home, a flock of  at least 30 Waxwings were in constant motion from Autumn Olive to Sumach to the tops of the dead trees in the swamp.

Today’s most interesting ‘maybe’ appeared as I was crossing the Patroon Island Bridge. I saw two birds circling. One read right away as ‘probable Red-tail’, but the other seemed to be the same size/shape, but mostly WHITE. I know there was a leucistic RTH seen in that area this winter, but I haven’t heard any reports since then. I’m a pretty good Road-Birder, but that’s a fancy ID to make at 60 MPH. I’ll keep my eyes peeled and ask around.

Tomorrow (if I can drag myself out of bed at 6:00 AM) — Early Birders at Five Rivers!

Dark-eyed Junco, Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch, American Crow, American Kestrel, Wood Duck, Mallard, European Starling, Blue Jay, Downy Woodpecker, Rock Pigeon, White-breasted Nuthatch, Gray Catbird, House Sparrow, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Hairy Woodpecker, American Robin, Eastern Phoebe, Mourning Dove, Canada Goose, Tufted Titmouse, Northern Mockingbird, Northern Flicker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Cedar Waxwing.

26 birds, 1 new to this list.

*And so’s ‘A Dance With Dragons’, but when? When?

**CFW = Confusing Fall Warbler. Field marks: small, yellowy-green, skulky.

Categories: Feeder birds, Field trip, First of season, Species count, Usual suspects | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

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