I woke up this morning, and guess what my first thought was? Where's my new Peterson?! That's a sign that I'm obsessed (if you couldn't tell already). So before I even had breakfast (I still haven't) I went and birded outside for about an hour. I can tell spring migration is at its peak, because I saw warblers (I never see them except migration)! Here's my list:
Canada Goose (heard only)
Northern Flicker (heard only)
Carolina Chickadee (possible, identified by call)
Bell's Vireo (a lifer!)
Pine Warbler (a lifer!)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (possible)
I have no idea how many of each species I saw, so I didn't include those numbers. And I didn't get photos of the warblers or vireos, but I must've gotten five feet away from the Pine Warbler! I learned that they like bugs, and they'll glean in the trees or forage on the ground. But it was so exciting because the Pine Warbler and possible that Bell's Vireo were lifers for me.
I can't believe the number of robins that have been in and out of my backyard for the past couple weeks! There have been at least 30 since I started taking photos of them. Here are some photos:
This one had a shiny feather sticking out of his rump.
View from the underside.
"Is that a worm?"
Sitting in a tree in my backyard.
Sometimes there were so many that I couldn't even count! Luckily, I have a park with a field behind my house, so we get to see lots of robins brutally ripping worms out of the ground. If you think about it, it's not a pretty sight. Anyway, these little guys have been invading our yard for weeks now! It's really nice to see them back from their migration.