This morning was a wonderful early fall day, not too warm and not too cool and still lots of birds. Six people gathered at the new YMCA property in Auburn and had a great walk. They have an excellent trail and we then followed the dirt road to the fields. There are many fruit trees and the birds were there happily filling up for their migration. We had 38 species, the birds-of-the-day were a Northern Harrier which made two passes and a cooperative Tennessee Warbler, plus a good number of other warblers but some too high for everyone to find.
Birds seen and heard (H):
Northern Harrier – over the playing fields
Northern Flicker – at least 5, maybe more!
Pileated Woodpecker (H)
Eastern Phoebe – about 6
Red-eyed Vireo – 6!
Common Raven (H)
Gray Catbird – 6 (lots of birds came in 6s)
Cedar Waxwing – 16
Purple Finch – 12
Song Sparrow – 6
White-throated Sparrow – 4 nice to see
Red-winged Blackbird – 30 (one flock)
Black-and-white Warbler – 5
Tennessee Warbler – 1 well
American Redstart – 3 all young
Bay-breasted Warbler – 1 high seen by many
Blackpoll Warbler – 1 not seen by many
Northern Cardinal (H)