Morning Flight – 23 September 2014

Twenty-nine of us up on the dike this morning had quite a hopping spectacle happening around us. A decent showing of Palm Warblers and the season's first Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and American Pipit were tallied, marking a definite mid-season milestone for the 2014 Morning Flight. Over 550 warblers of 19 species, 451 Northern Flickers, 12 Eastern Phoebes, 2 Philadelphia and 40 Red-eyed Vireos, and 323 Cedar Waxwings. The four most abundant warbler species were Palm Warbler (153), Northern Parula (92), Blackpoll Warbler (59), American Redstart (56). Scarlet Tanager (17) and Rose-breasted Grosbeak (11) also represented well.

Weather and time: sunny and mostly clear; 53–59 ºF; winds NNE at 5-10 mph; 20% cloud cover; good visibility; 0648 sunrise; 4.25 hours.
       Morning Flight Count totals 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  3     2 north, 1 south
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  451
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  3
Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.)  1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  12
Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus)  2
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  40
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus)  25     south; predawn -15 min
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  4
kinglet sp. (Regulus sp.)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  11
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  31
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)  1
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  323
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  23
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  25
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  5
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)  3
Connecticut Warbler (Oporornis agilis)  2
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  56
Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)  19
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  92
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  3
Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea)  5
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)  3
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  1
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  59
Bay-breasted/Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga castanea/striata)  10
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  36
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  153
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  16
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)  2
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  6
warbler sp. (Parulinae sp.)  135
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  1
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  3
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  17
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  11
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)  1
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  5
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)  166
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  5
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  4
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  3

Today's full list can be viewed at:

 The baby baldy has not yet learned the fine art of fishing from below.

And now a showcase of Cape May Warblers

Pause for one of the many poses of Red-breasted Nuthatch.

 Fleeting Northern Parula zoomed way in
And coming back around again. (Photos by: Glen Davis)

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