A lovely fall morning was perfect for our first visit of the season to our favorite fall sparrow patch. And sparrows were present and accounted for: 50 SONG SPARROWS, 30 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, 10 SWAMP SPARROWS, 6 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, 2 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and one WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.
In addition to the good counts, we enjoyed some really wonderful comparisons - Song and Savannah Sparrows in particular were often side-by-side in different light and different angles, offering great learning opportunities. When birds are next to each other the differences become so much more obvious!
A truant BOBOLINK and a spiffy male COMMON YELLOWTHROAT shared the garden with the sparrows. About 10 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES joined the fun as well.
As planned, we spent most of our time with the sparrows, but we did bird a little along the edges. A sum of 11 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS was punctuated by a great study of a cooperative BLACKPOLL WARBLER. A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was also foraging in the trees, while two GRAY CATBIRDS were just up the road from our cars.
The waters were still quiet: just a few COMMON EIDERS and about 25 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, with a BELTED KINGFISHER along the shoreline. Two BALD EAGLES were spotted, at least 7 TURKEY VULTURES included some migrants, and two COMMON RAVENS were spotted.
But the other highlight in addition to the sparrow fun were the ample number of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS (at least 24 in all), that included lots of birds perched along fencelines, feeding in the pasture, and some migrants in "vismig" high overhead.