September in My Yard

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My birding has been almost non-existent the last few days even though I keep meaning to go out. Mornings are now cooler although it still gets to around 100° in the afternoons so it’s best to be an early bird. I hope to step it up this week. This is FALL migration, after all!

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So many people in my Facebook birding group are getting exciting migrants in their yards but not us, yet…I keep looking, though.

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All of the hummers in this post are Anna’s Hummingbirds. Other people in the area are getting Rufous and Black-chinned passing through so I hope to see something different soon. I am very glad that we have our Anna’s year-round, though. It would be lonely without them.

towhee-molt-8-29-16Abert’s Towhee (molting)

sparrow-perch-wingsHouse Sparrow, male

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finch-9-14-16House Finch, male (photobombed by House Sparrow)

thrasher-tongueCurve-billed Thrasher (showing his tongue and peanut)

eucd-9-5-16Eurasian Collared-Dove

And completing the Quadfecta of Doves:

page_1Inca Doves, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove

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So I did possibly (probably) get a new yard bird recently that is also a Life Bird. Many experienced birders agreed that this is a Clay-colored Sparrow (below), which would be somewhat out-of-range, but a couple identified it as a Brewer’s Sparrow which would make it not a Lifer and not a new yard bird.

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I submitted it to eBird but never heard back and I’ve seen a few other people reporting Clay-coloreds in the area so I’m going with that for now. Yard Bird #30. Isn’t he cute and inquisitive looking? I’ve only seen him once; he must have moved on.

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Be on the lookout for new and unusual birds in your areas during this migration period. You might see something awesome.

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8 thoughts on “September in My Yard

  1. We have two Abert Towhees in our yard & building nest over our wall – our cat caught one today & it is now in corner of our patio – tried to lift wing & I think it is harmed from cat catching – do they tend to recover with rest? No blood but in corner of patio – can you text me at 480 xxx xxxx

  2. Your shots are so good the first one blew me away. Absolutely love the crisp clean bird(s) against that bokeh- just gorgeous. What is the lens you’re using ( sorry asking you again, I forgot)
    Have a wonderful week 🙂

  3. There are lots of species passing through here now. The hummers have already gone. This morning a large flock of Robins was using the water dishes before moving on farther south.

  4. I am sure glad your hummingbirds stay with you all year, because then I can still keep seeing them here. I just love these little guys, and you always photograph them so beautifully.
    Have a wonderful week, Candace!

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