So, the birds have been migrating through my area, but I haven’t seen too many of them…
Each season has its challenges when it comes to birding, the fall is full of birds heading south, but the trees are still full of leaves and the birds are quiet, they aren’t singing to attract a mate…
That being said, it is still great to get outside and enjoy walking through the woods even if you don’t find any new species!
So far for the month of October I did manage to find 3 new species that I hadn’t seen yet this year…
Here is the first one. Not the greatest photo, due to the leaves and the fact that it is a Warbler (most of them enjoy being high up in the trees)…
It’s the Black-throated Blue Warbler. I know the photo is crappy, but you can see the very bold white wing patch and white belly.
They will move about the leaves, hopping around in one area for minutes at a time, foraging for insects, instead of zipping through the trees like a lot of warblers do. This makes it easier to find them, if you bend your neck back (the warbler neck) and wait to see one up in the trees.
The next bird I saw in October happened to be in the same tree as the Black-throated Blue Warbler, so my neck was killing me by the time I was done watching them!
It was the Red-breasted Nuthatch. I used to see them up in New England all of the time, the are common up there for all seasons. Now down in the Southeast, I only see them every few years if I’m lucky.
They will winter down in the Southeast. Often seen foraging for insects or seeds by going up and down tree trunks and branches.
Here is the latest bird that I saw in October. This one decided to come to my feeder to make it easy on me. 🙂
This is the Pine Siskin. There were 3 of them eating the seeds at my feeder the other day.
They breed up in Alaska and Canada, then winter throughout the US. Their migration is very erratic, some years they come southward in huge numbers, while other years they can be very scarce!
Remember to stay healthy and stay safe!