The fall migration has really passed for the small birds. Almost all the warblers have moved on, except a few straggling Yellow-rumps (or Butterbutts, as the Birdchick calls them). it’s Sparrowpalooza time now, with waves of Juncos, White-throats, Song and Chipping Sparrows taking center stage. Song Sparrows are the yentas of the neighborhood. A bit of pishing will call them out by the dozen. “Who’s that? What’s going on?”
Some species are conspicuous by their absence — where are the Cedar Waxwings? I think it’s been such a good berry and fruit year, they don’t need to flock in particular areas but can spread out and feast almost anywhere. I hope they find us soon. The geese are flying higher and in bigger skeins. I hear Pine Siskins have been seen in the region. Oh dear, time to stock up on thistle seed. The last time they invaded, two winters ago, I’d have 50 at a time fighting to get at the feeders. I haven’t seen the blue heron or heard the Kingfisher’s rattle for several days.
In the yard and around the neighborhood:
Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Mallard, American Crow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, American Goldfinch, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Turkey Vulture, Blue Jay, White-breasted Nuthatch, Song Sparrow, Canada Goose, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, House Finch, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, European Starling, Ring-billed Gull, House Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Carolina Wren, Red-tailed hawk.
28 species seen.