Every day is feeling more like fall with a few leaves changing color and goldenrods becoming bright yellow. I only had two (maybe three) hummingbirds visiting my hummingbird feeder this morning and couldn’t find any Chimney Swifts this evening (assuming they are all gone now). During the daylight hours there was a migrant Phoebe wondering around the yard. I can’t even tell you the last time I saw an Eastern Phoebe in my neighborhood. As much as I hate to admit it . . . . fall is here and migrants are moving south in full force.
This evening’s walk had many birds vocalizing around the trees which included Pine Warblers, Magnolia Warbler and a Red-eyed Vireo. I thought I might have found a Palm Warbler fluttering around but I never did get a close enough look at it. Then I had another interesting warbler in the spruce tree. . . . My first thought was a Bay-breasted Warbler but after reviewing the many blurry photos that I took, it appears to be a young Blackpoll Warbler. (You can see her yellow toes in some the other shots I took).
I have been watching the NEXRAD radar images for the past few weeks and looking at millions of birds moving south. It is amazing to believe that so many of these green blurs are birds moving south! I only wish I saved the radar image from last night knowing that the birds would be soo good today. Below is the radar images that I captured from this evening movement (but not as spectacular as last night’s image).