A lunch-time visit to Hurdman on Thursday was quite productive, with two Baltimore Orioles, a Warbling Vireo, a Red-eyed Vireo, two Gray Catbirds, and five Cedar Waxwings seen and/or heard. I also observed seven species of warbler including Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Magnolia Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Black-throated Green Warbler, an excellent tally!
After a late start on Saturday, a stop at Britannia produced the same Wild Turkey at the southwestern entrance to the conservation area, one Hooded Merganser, one Great Egret, one Osprey, my first White-throated Sparrow of the fall, and only four warbler species: Black-and-white Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, and Yellow-rumped Warbler. There was still no sign of the Carolina Wren.
I also stopped by the Richmond Lagoons to look for waterfowl, shorebirds, and orbweaver spiders; I was surprised by the lack of all three, particularly the orbweavers as I haven’t seen very many anywhere this season. I did photograph this bluet damselfly, who was probably just as happy not to compete with other predators for insects, especially as those predators would likely see him as prey! I am not sure which species this is as I didn’t get any decent photos of the claspers.
Deb and I spent the entire day today at Presqu’ile; lots of photos to be posted soon!