Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Recent Migrants

The first migrants started showing up on the landfill around April 20th and been picking up in number the last couple days. By far the most common warbler is the Palm Warbler, but many others have been seen including Yellow, Prairie, Yellow-rump, Black-throated Green, Nashville, Orange-crowned, Northern Parula, and Common Yellowthroat. Here are some of the better pictures we've been able to capture this past week:

Yellow Warbler

Palm Warbler

Warblers were not the only new birds recorded recently. Both Orioles, Eastern Kingbird, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Swainson's, and Wood Thrush all made their appearances in the last week. Several Barn Swallows were at a mud puddle today collecting mud and grass for nest building.

Eastern Kingbird

Barn Swallow

Last but not least, a lone Horned Lark was observed on the landfill yesterday. During the ice storm in January we were inundated by Horned Larks. They were everywhere there wasn't snow and were especially concentrated at the active face where they were feeding on the garbage and in the dirt. Another good group were mixed in with Snow Buntings underneath the flare where they were keeping warm and feeding on recently laid seed. It's nice to have them back.


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