8/27/10 – Birdcraft: Fall Warbs +

After the 4 day storm we just experienced, the calm weather has allowed migrants to start moving. I decided to take advantage of this and head to one of my favorite local patches, The Birdcraft Sanctuary. And as always, I had a great time!

This is a fantastic migrant trap, but unfortunately, a bit under birded. I try to cover it as much as I can but because of treatment often miss whole weeks at a time before spending an entire week there, making my coverage inconsistent.

Today, I was able to notch 9 species of warbler, with some great surprises. My best area was the trees surrounding the pond as viewed from the bridge and along the path. Here’s a list of species seen:


Magnolia Warbler (2)

Yellow Warbler (1)

Black-throated Blue Warbler (1)

Black-throated Green Warbler (1)

Black-and-White Warbler (1)

American Redstart (5)

Northern Waterthrush (1)

Common Yellowthroat (1)

Canada Warbler (1)


Black-crowned Night-Heron (2)

Green Heron (1)

Red-eyed Vireo (1)

Philadelphia/Warbling Vireo (1) Really quick look at bill and tail. I knew immediately it wasn’t a Red-eyed but wasn’t able to see the rest of the bird to confirm the species

Catharus sp. (1)  (I know I’m better than this!!) A very interesting bird. This bird was in the shade and sat in one spot for a good minute where I was able to study it. I saw no rust whatsoever, it didn’t have the eye-line or buffy throat of the Swainson’s, it was definitely not a Veery as the spots were distinct. I’m not saying the bird is a Gray-cheeked/Bicknell’s because of the conditions. The bird was in a very shady and low lit area where it was tough to get a gauge on the exact coloration of the bird. Actually, the photo makes it look a lot like a  Swainson’s although I confirmed that it was not. If you have any thoughts please post a comment. (Photos below)

Catharus sp

Catharus sp

(Click the photos for larger views)


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2 Responses to 8/27/10 – Birdcraft: Fall Warbs +

  1. Dave says:

    Hmmm…you’re right, from the photo, it suggests Swainson’s, but if you confirmed it’s not, better check that Sibley’s and look for subspecies ID’s. Definitely can’t rule out Gray-cheeked or even Bicknell’s!

    You should send these photos to Jeremiah, since he asked for your leucistic Least Sandpiper pictures anyway, and ask what he thinks!

  2. Charlie says:


    How about a Hermit Thrush? The chest spotting looks to be better for that than a Gray-cheeked/Bicknell’s. Did you notice any tail jerking?

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