Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) 9/27/11

All photos are Marshall Faintich


The sun finally came out this afternoon after a week of clouds, fog, and rain. Not sure how long it will last, but I have been chomping at the bit waiting for some good weather. It turned out that the birds were also eager to be out in the sunshine. I did not expect to see much here in Stoney Creek in the middle of the afternoon, but it turned out to be one of those good "Boy, was I wrong!" days.

I had only gone about 100 yards down my street on the way to the Allen Creek Nature Preserve when I encountered a Cape May Warbler that did not care one bit about my taking some close-up photos of him.


Cape May Warbler


Cape May Warbler


Cape May Warbler


Cape May Warbler

After crossing the dam at the south end of Sawmill Creek pond #4, I saw that there was no one on the Tuckahoe golf course at the time, so I walked along the cart path. The vegetation along the creek that borders the small pine forest was alive with avian activity.


Eastern Bluebirds


Catbird


Red-eyed Vireo


Red-eyed Vireo


Red-bellied Woodpecker


Ruby-throated Hummingbird

A Swainson's Thrush in the brush played hide-n'-seek with me, but I was able to get a few photo of it.


Swainson's Thrush


Swainson's Thrush


Swainson's Thrush


Swainson's Thrush

But it was the warblers that really got my attention.


Black-throated Green Warbler


Black-throated Green Warbler


Black-throated Green Warbler


Black-throated Green Warbler


American Redstart


Magnolia Warbler


Magnolia Warbler


Magnolia Warbler


Magnolia Warbler

There wasn't much at the edge of the nature preserve, so I headed back. When I got to the dam at Sawmill Creek pond #6, there were more warblers: another Magnolia, and a male and a female Wilson's!


Magnolia Warbler


Magnolia Warbler


Male Wilson's Warbler


Male Wilson's Warbler


Male Wilson's Warbler


Female Wilson's Warbler


Female Wilson's Warbler


Female Wilson's Warbler

This afternoon's list (22 species):

Eastern Bluebird
Tufted Titmouse
American Crow
Catbird
Northern Cardinal
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Swainson's Thrush
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Cape May Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
American Redstart

Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Canada Goose
American Goldfinch
Turkey Vulture



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