Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Quite a Change

.After months of heat and drought, this weekend was quite a change. This was brought home to me on Sunday afternoon, when I dropped in at Russ Pitman Park to see if any migrants were around. Within a couple of minutes I had spotted a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, a Black-and-white Warbler and a Great Crested Flycatcher.

Unfortunately, I had no sooner photographed the Flycatcher than the heavens opened and I had to run from the rain.

On Monday morning I took a walk along the nature trail on the CyFair campus. I was hoping that the weekend's storms would have blown in some migrants. At first all I saw were common residents, such as Northern Mockingbirds and Mourning Doves.

To be honest, though, I was pleased to see Mourning Doves yesterday and to have seen dozens of them on the campus over the past weeks. A few months ago I was starting to worry that our numerous White-winged Doves had driven away their smaller and less aggressive cousins.

I was just about to leave when migrants began arriving, starting with a male Baltimore Oriole.

A Great Crested Flycatcher was nearby, its rusty red tail making ID easy.

Then I was thrilled to see a Prairie Warbler, a bird I've only seen twice before and that we've never seen on the campus.



Birdwoman said...

It has been an interesting migration season. I've even had Baltimore Orioles in my yard - which I almost never do. And hummingbirds have been extremely numerous, including a Rufous and a possible Black-chinned. A migration season to remember.

Jeff said...

We've had (and have) lots of hummers in our yards but only Ruby-throated.