Birding (and more) in Calhoun County and beyond
Fall Warbler migration has started, with some mixed results. Lots of leaves still on the trees, making it hard to see. I did manage the Wilson's Warbler I needed, and a bonus Merlin chasing some crows helped add to the year total. Still going to be a stretch to 200. Several trips with my dog to North Country Trail have brought that trail, Kimball Pines and Bridges Park lists to 97. I've submitted it as a new Hotspot area. It has had some good warbler activity, albeit at a higher altitude than Woodland tends to offer.
The Wilson's came along with 13 other Warblers at Woodland on 9/8. Relatively hoppy morning there. It also was the start to a new Big Day high for me in September with 76 birds. My previous being 60. It has been rather unexciting beyond that. O DR N pond may end up being the best place for shorebirds, which isn't saying much. Dunlin, Golden-Plover and Pectoral Sandpiper are going to be really hard to nail.
Video of a pair of Trumpeter Swans courting
Here is catch up on some other critters seen in the past few weeks. It has been pretty quiet for them around here. A few highlights for what appears to be relative rarity.
This Red-femured Spotted Orbweaver seems to be a relatively rarity this far North. You can see in the first picture where its missing 2 limbs should have been.
This Mournful Underwing isn't even listed in my Peterson's guide to Moth of the Northeast.
Some other interesting stuff to pop up.
My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)