Friday, September 26, 2014

Lark Buntings

Adult male feeding young
Found more than the usual share of  lark buntings on recent trip to SD. 
Adult birds - and what looks to be a
brown-headed cowbird that they raised!

Lark bunting - even adult males will molt into
winter plumage that looks like this

Adult male molting


South Dakota great horned owl - pretty hidden!

Rotten Red-wings

Red-winged blackbird decided to chase a red-tailed hawk . . . .

Recent Duluth Birds

American golden plover
Some pretty terrific birding anywhere lately - but Duluth has more than its share.  Did some field trips last weekend. 
Black-throated green warbler

Young cedar waxwing

Chestnut-sided warbler

Least flycatcher



Tennessee warbler

Young bald eagle

Common yellow-throat
American redstart

Adult bald eagle

Western palm warbler


Herring gull

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Parasitic Jaegers

Was able to see a parasitic jaeger chase a gull who clearly had a full crop.  This particular bird (and outing) was half-hearted in the attempts to make the gull regurgitate its meal.  The jaeger did twist and turn in flight to get above the gull, then broke off its flight.  What a falcon-like flight!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Warbler migration is on!

Chestnut-sided warbler
Warblers are migrating!  After a morning of very little, several species were represented in their confusing fall plumages!
Magnolia warbler

Mourning warbler

Nashville warbler

Red-eyed vireo

Tennessee warbler