[Birding (and more) in Calhoun County and beyond
Chaos and other appointments have limited my ability to get out during the big migration days. Only a few of real notable #s birds the past 3 weeks. I managed really good looks at #197 for the year Northern Waterthrush, and my first records of Common Nighthawk and Northern Harrier for September was seen a couple of times over the house. We have been unable to go to Brooks since they did some herbicide spraying on 9/7, and just don't want to even mess with being near that stuff with Hercules.
The downed tree limb has been fairly good for seeing some warblers at below eye level. Plenty of Nashville, Tennessee, Cape May, Bay-breasted, Restarts and Ovenbirds. Hoping to catch a Broad-winged while taking some walks on a nearby open air trail. Still missing that bird this year. I've seen that bird every year I have seriously birded. Chances are starting to diminish quickly though.
I did have this insanely cooperative Swainson's Thrush that flew at the window I was sitting at a couple of times. It then stayed out in the open allowing me some of my best looks at this species. Notice how the change in light almost had me thinking it was a Gray-cheeked Thrush with the gray back and cheeks. Buffy eye ring doesn't lie though.
I still think I can get to #200, just probably not with my missing warblers. Duck Lake birds are probably what it is going to come down to. I wouldn't say no to any winter finches though. Maybe some Red Crossbills will push down here.
Here are some other photos I've managed to snap in the past few weeks.
Couple of "artsy" shots of cobwebs in the morning sun.
My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)