A report of a probable Connecticut Warbler seen on the trail yesterday was posted on the Monticello Bird Club group site, so I headed off this morning to see if I could find and verify the warbler. Under mostly cloudy and a little bit of drizzle at times, I did have a good birding morning seeing 34 species, but did not see a Connecticut Warbler.
Flicker and Cedar Waxwing
American Goldfinch showing mixed breeding and winter plumage
Palm Warbler - yellow sub-species
Palm Warbler - western sub-species
I hiked Glenthorne Loop along the east side of Reids Creek, and when I crossed the second wooden bridge to the west side, there was a lot of activity in the field in front of me. A Red-tailed Hawk had just caught a small rodent and was being mobbed by Crows, a flock of about 20 Rock Pigeons were in the field, along with a flock of 30 to 50 Starlings, and a flock of about 10 Eastern Meadowlarks.
Palm Warbler and Carolina Wren. "So, did you hear the one about the cat and the dog . . ."
On my return hike to the kiosk, I once again saw a Red-tailed Hawk -this is the one with the strong white bars on its back.
When I got back to the kiosk I noticed that an Orbweaver was spinning a very large web that was covering the birding section of the kiosk. The web had to go.
This morning's list (34 species):