I really should be working on my Costa Rica presentation which is now only a week away, but I thought I’d do a brief – yes, believe it or not I can be brief – update since I had a pretty good couple of hours this past weekend. If you needed proof that fall migration is underway, which most of you don’t, look no further than my yard. I spent a few hours reading out back on Friday evening and then again Saturday morning and added 3 new yard birds! You just never know what’ll show up and on Friday I was ecstatic to have a pair of White-throated Sparrows show up. Along with shorebirds, sparrows hold a special place in my heart; they are often overlooked or dismissed as LBJs (Little Brown Jobs), but if you spend some time with them you’ll notice the beautiful and subtle shades of brown, rust, and tan. While they many not “pop” like a Scarlet Tanager, those subtle shades blend together and create some really stunning marks.
Ok, enough fawning over sparrows!
All my talk of the subtle shades and yet, no pictures to support my claims? Blame it on the bird – obviously he knows his photogenic side and was busy showing off.
Now to the horrible – not horrible birds, but horrible photos. I hesitate, albeit only briefly, to post these. But since they’re photos of new yard birds I thought, “What the heck”. So….shortly after the sparrows showed up, the Tennessee Warbler below stopped by to drink from the pond.
Then on Saturday morning a Golden-crowned Kinglet made a brief appearance, also at the pond. This species is so active that getting any kind of useable photo with my camera is a challenge. Although the photos below are blurry, I do have a number of crystal clear pictures of where the bird was just moments before (i.e. got the little guy in focus, but just before the shutter clicked, he had flown off out of frame). All that being said, it was my third new yard bird within a few hours and I was perfectly content with good looks through the bins.
That’s it for now – time for me to get back to work on my presentation. A quick side note – I’m looking forward to getting back to work on the Costa Rica Trip Report posts after selecting photos for my talk – I forgot about an awful lot of really cool birds we saw that I’ve yet to cover so stay tuned. In the meantime, Bird It Up!