Saturday, October 13, 2007

October 13 - Warren Twp. Green Acres

With the first major cold front of the fall passing through yesterday I knew the birding would be good today. The problem was I didn't have enough time!
So with the few hours I had I decided to bird at Warren townships Green Acres site. This former golf-course has laid fallow for decades now, and is one of the best migrant sparrow spots in the northern half of the state.

There were 10 species of sparrows seen today, with the highlight being another Clay-Colored Sparrow. Others seen were Song, Swamp, Savannah, White-Throated, White-Crowned, Chipping, Field, Lincoln's, and House.

Here is the regal White-Crowned Sparrow:

There was a warbler I hoped would be the Orange-Crowned species, but the white undertail coverts revealed this bird to be a Tennessee Warbler. Also seen were Nashville, Yellow-Rumped, Black-throated Green, Palm (both eastern and western races) and Yellowthroat warblers.

Several Purple Finches were seen, including the beautiful males.

Also a late Swainson's Thrush was also seen. Both Ruby-Crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets were seen along with the resident Bluebirds. A pair of Kestrel were seen, along with both accipiters of Sharp-Shinned and Cooper's hawks.

Tomorrow promises to be very good too, and I have the full day to soak up the fall migration.