Monday, July 27, 2009

Avian Juvenile Delinquents

What a nice morning for a birdy bird walk at Avimor! The temperatures were very comfortable and there were many young birds flitting about getting used to those new flight feathers and fattening up for the fall migration. I was surprised to find Nashville Warblers again today as I normally see them only for a week or two during Spring. Perhaps their Autumn migration has already begun. Noticeably absent this morning were the flame-orange male Bullock's Orioles. Lots of juveniles and females, but no adult males. Have they left for the south already too?

I also saw adult and juvenile Lazuli Buntings, Song Sparrows, Brown-headed Cowbirds, Yellow Warblers, American Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds, American Goldfinch, California Quail, and Mourning Doves. I also found a Gray Catbird feeding young in a nest. It was fun to watch a Western Wood-Pewee defending a large shrub from Orioles and Yellow Warblers. I wonder if it had a nest in there or was it just defending a good feeding ground?

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