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Ross Harris lead a very successful walk on September 8th to kick off the fall season. After a brief stop at the pond, we headed north without ever visiting the lake. That turned out to be a great choice, because there were lots of migrating warblers, vireos, and flycatchers to be found. Fall birding can be a challenge, because the birds generally don’t sing, they are often moving quickly, and most are wearing cryptic fall plumage rather than their more familiar and distinctive breeding plumage. With so many birds, no one saw everything, but everyone saw something. By the end (plus some overtime) with the help of many keen eyes, we managed a total of 57 species, including 16 species of warblers.

Here’s the full list:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Cooper's Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Alder/Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Philadelphia Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch

Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
American Goldfinch
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Black-and-white Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow

Most of the birds weren’t very cooperative posing for photos, but here are some of the birds I managed to capture:


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