There have been moments in past migrations when it has seemed like all we were seeing were Yellow-rumped Warblers. Specifically, in this part of the country we have the Myrtle variety. The birds look quite different in the fall than they do in the spring, and even contrasts between individuals can be a little daunting. After reviewing the photos I took yesterday morning in Riverside, I’ve come to the conclusion that I had three different individual Yellow-rumped Warblers.
There are a couple field marks beyond the one for which the bird is named, which you can always count on, however, and it was good to review them after my visual brain has been filled with images of all the other warblers I have seen or might see. The undertail pattern is consistent and striking.
The other feature is a split eyering. And there’s just something about a Myrtle’s face after you’ve seen more than a few.
Here are more images of the three individuals. You will see how variable their plumages appear. No. 1 is below, which also is the same bird at the top of the post and directly above.
No. 2 was a little yellower underneath.
And No. 3, sort of drab-looking. But this bird was so cooperative I obliged it by taking way too many photos.
There were a few other warblers I had a harder time capturing as they were way up in their favorite tree again. I had hoped maybe the storm Tuesday night would bring a few more birds down. Here’s a Blackpoll Warbler, one of only a couple warblers I captured clearly enough.
And a Chestnut-sided Warbler.
A few more of the hard-to-see Chestnut-sided Warbler.
And to make things a little bit more confusing, I had a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, which appeared really yellow in this light.
Beyond the few warblers, the Great Egrets were present again just south of the Hofmann Tower. There were eight of them at this spot but I could not capture them all clearly in one photo.
Then as the foot bridge came into view later, there were two more Great Egrets and a Great Blue Heron.
I heard and then saw a Red-bellied Woodpecker in a tree close to the sidewalk. If these birds are anything like they were last fall and into the winter, I will be seeing a lot of them soon.
I had a couple Gray-cheeked Thrushes.
Mallards are few at the moment.
There are still some Double-crested Cormorants on the river. I managed to barely catch this one in flight.
At my feet on the Riverside Lawn trail, a Powdered Dancer Damselfly.
I stayed home today and worked in the backyard while waiting for the tree service to come. I cleared out a huge amount of an invasive species that I had mistakenly assumed was something I planted after I noticed it was bothering the heck out of me and taking over. I will finish digging up what’s left of it over the weekend. The weather was perfect for working outdoors at a coolness ranging from 54 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. We remain cool tomorrow. Two workers will be back to replace the center post and repair my fence. Life is good.