Sunday, October 16, 2016

Grassy Splendour; Sparrows, Warblers, Kinglets, Bluebirds

Here are some of the small songbirds which showed up around Lake Kittamaqundi over the past week. The warblers and kinglets are passing through on fall migration. Song sparrows are summer residents, but after an absence of the species for a few weeks, I'm guessing that the ones seen recently are part of a wave passing through from further north. White-throated sparrows arrived at the lake, signalling the coming of winter. (The photo above shows some of the pink muhly grass now blooming in plantings along the lake's east shore.)

Song Sparrow

Blackpoll Warbler

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet: The ruby crown isn't always visible, but I think the tip of it can be seen on this bird. Both kinglet species were in the trees and bushes along the shore by the Sheraton Hotel and the neighboring office building.

Eastern Bluebird

White-throated Sparrow

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

Palm Warbler

Magnolia Warbler, earlier this month in a wooded area near the lake