[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.
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My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)