Last night my backyard was filled with migrating Tennessee Warblers. They were gleaning the insects from the rather lush growth of weeds and the little bit of grass that grows back there. I haven’t mowed back there recently because not too many people see it. I’m not too sure if I’m going to mow it anytime soon because it seems to be a “bird magnet”. I have noticed, while I work in my little office that overlooks the backyard, that my busy birdfeeders also attract other species. They don’t necessarily eat from the feeders, but they are attracted to all the commotion that is caused by the feeding birds that do partake at the feeders. Just the other day I believe I saw an immature Chestnut-sided Warbler, several Nashville Warblers, and a Philadelphia Vireo among a few others come into the small trees that are right by my window. Anyhow, it is extremely difficult to identify fall warblers. They have molted out of their breeding plumage and the juveniles are traveling with them as they migrate to the tropics. The subtle differences between the warbler species, even when compared with the numerous bird guides that I have, make the identification challenging.
Here is a photo that I took with my scope set-up; I’m gonna need a lot of practice!
A fixture at my feeders this summer: the White-throated Sparrow