Monday, September 29, 2008

South Winds

We're always waiting for south winds out here on the Farallones in the fall. Usually when the normal northwest winds shift around to the south we start seeing some new birds. If conditions are just right the island is invaded with lots of birds of many different species. Today wasn't great, but we did see some great birds. I saw 12 species of warbler today (Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Gray, Magnolia, Yellow, Tennessee, Palm, Yellow-rumped, Townsend's, Cape May Warblers, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, and American Redstart) of which 7 are normally seen only in the Eastern US. It's a ton of fun walking around the island on days like this because you never know what you might see and where. Birds gravitate towards the trees, but also find nice hiding places in the cracks and crevices of the rock. I saw the Ovenbird while scrambling up Lighthouse Hill looking for the Cape May Warbler, picking insects off of some moss. Overall a fun day. The weather looks good for the next few days, so hopefully we'll see something really rare. Below are some of the birds that we saw today.

Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided WarblerClay-colored Sparrow

Ovenbird up on Lighthouse Hill
A nice sunset a few days ago


Gouldii said...

Awesome birds so far...hope you guys get something unusual soon. Great pics too.

koko said...

we had some good birds for BAT. PROW,BLBW,BTBW,NAWA to name a few! too bad you wont be at GCSP party. i might do an interpretive dance for the party...we'll see.

Andrew said...

No Connecticut Warbler? I banded one on Sunday at RRBO back in Michigan.