Back from Cali but first I have some house-cleaning to do with pictures from home in the fall.
This Brown Pelican was one of the first pics I took with my new camera body. No more pixelation issues in the background.
White-eyed Vireo adult at Wade Park in Wilmington.
First winter/fall White-eyed Vireo - the eyes have not become white yet.
Anhinga at Burnt Mill
Common Checkered Skipper?
Rocky at Airlie
Parulas started to come in thick in September at Airlie.
Chestnut-sided Warbler at Airlie
Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Airlie
Clapper Rail at the Trail's End boat ramp which is less than a mile from my house.
Distant photo of a Bald Eagle at Airlie.
Black-throated Blue Warbler at Airlie
A Barred Owl at Burnt Mill which flew before I could crush his face. They love hunting crawfish in the creek.
My first Phaon Crescent
Pearl Crescent? at Burnt Mill
I never tire of shooting Anhingas.
Painted Turtles? at Airlie
Swainson's Thrush at Airlie Gardens in late Sept.
Female BT Blue Warbler at the Summer's Rest Trail
In the last few days of Sept, the fall migration really started to heat up, but unfortunately mostly at Greenfield Lake which is out of the 5MR.
This Yellow Warbler and some other warbler species was enjoying bath on some large ornamental leaves around the fountain at Greenfield.
Parulas were everywhere.
Northern Waterthrush at Greenfield
American Redstarts were thick as mosquitos at Alligator NWR in July.
Of course the waves are always good in Sept and I have been surfing when they are good over birding which is a flip of priorities from last year.
Brown Thrasher at Airlie
Initially I thought the tail was red enough for Hermit, but I changed my mind to Gray-cheeked on this thrush. The tail wasn't really any more red than the shoulder and facial pattern looked good for Gray-cheeked. EDIT: a friend pointed out this could be a Veery... hmm.. maybe I will leave unidentified.
Yellow Warbler at Airlie
Nashville Warbler at Airlie
Prairie Warbler at Airlie
Red-bellied WP showing his namesake.
B-and-W Warbler at Airlie
In October the warblering (if that is not a word, it should be) got really good at Greenfield Lake which is unfortunately mostly out of my 5MR.
Wilson's Warbler foraging low down but always remaining hidden.
BT Green Warbler high in the canopy at Greenfield.
B&W Warblers were common
Chestnut-sided Warbler hanging out in the Bald Cypresses
Hundreds of Redstarts but only a handful adult males.
A couple days later on 08Oct I could not resist to get more warbler action despite some rainy weather and work teleconferences. I put on my headset and hung out in the pagoda and just took my calls while burning out my retinas on colorful migrants in the myrtles lining the pagoda.
Parulas were everywhere!
The start of the end showed up in the form of a Yellow-rumped Warbler. When butterbutts start showing, you know the other warblers are almost gone.
Tennessee Warblers are fairly rare in New Hanover county.
Looks like I am going to need one more installment to get totally caught up on local birds for the 5MR and fall migration. Then I can start my Cali posts.