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Only had 1 Wilson’s warbler today, where about a week ago I was averaging 7. Had my first of the season American tree sparrow and about 8 juncos. Lots of pipits the last couple days too. 

Definitely seeing less and less of the migrants as the days go by. The trees have pretty much lost all their leaves, so at least it’s a bit easier to find things. 
 

Patiently waiting for the rusty blackbirds…

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2 hours ago, meghann said:

Once again lots of activity in my yard, way up in my 80-100 ft trees, with birds staying behind the leaves and playing Portal. Sigh.

These poplars are my bird portals. Picture angle is about 15' up from the bottom of the trees across the street up a small rise. There's a hill behind with a Sequoia at the top that dominates the neighbourhood, and these trees from the bottom of the hill are taller than the top of the Sequoia. I just bought a 20-60x60 scope I found on steep sale to try to see what's up top here 😂

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Saw my first rusty blackbird of the year today. Warblers are pretty much done, not seeing as many YRWA anymore, but they’ll still persist for a few more weeks.  Cedar waxwings have been MIA for quite a while now, but the tree sparrows are getting more numerous and Swans should be about 2 weeks away.  There’s been lots of snow and greater white-fronted geese to the east of the city, but don’t think I’ll see them this year.

I’m not sure what happened to all the shorebirds at my local ponds. Haven’t had any yet for fall, when last year they were here around September 20th. 

In distressing news, my birdbath was frozen this morning for the first time since May 😞

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First Wilson’s snipe of fall today at the ponds! Flushed him twice accidentally. 
Also had 3 male red-wing blackbirds show up for a bit. Haven’t seen them since August, so they totally messed up the weekly data bars. 
Also had the first hooded mergansers of fall yesterday for the ponds, but they weren’t there today. 

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1 hour ago, PalmWarbler said:

I NEED

Me too! The funny thing being that by default here the safe assumption is that you have to go up into the mountains to have a good chance at seeing a sharpie, which makes it really funny to me that they're easy to see in Kansas.

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WARBLERS passing through the yard lately! Getting at least two species every day if I actually go out and look. Blackpoll Warbler I saw just from my window! There's been one hanging around. Yellow-rumped, Bay-breasted, Cape May, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Blackpoll, Pine, and Black-and-white Warblers all in the yard. Plus Golden-crowned Kinglet in the yard on the butterfly weed. And a Swainson's Thrush! The dogwood tree in my yard is attracting more birds than I thought, I guess I wasn't really paying attention before. Attracting a lot of squirrels too, and daring chipmunks.

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2 hours ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

WARBLERS passing through the yard lately! Getting at least two species every day if I actually go out and look. Blackpoll Warbler I saw just from my window! There's been one hanging around. Yellow-rumped, Bay-breasted, Cape May, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Blackpoll, Pine, and Black-and-white Warblers all in the yard. Plus Golden-crowned Kinglet in the yard on the butterfly weed. And a Swainson's Thrush! The dogwood tree in my yard is attracting more birds than I thought, I guess I wasn't really paying attention before. Attracting a lot of squirrels too, and daring chipmunks.

ABJAKBKBANKZKSJBJHBHFBHDBCUF You’re so lucky!!! Two and a half of those would be lifers for me and all of those would be yard lifers! It seems everyone can see cool birds in their yard, I have to go out far away to see anything that’s not super boring, my yard is wayyyy too small. 😭

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19 hours ago, PalmWarbler said:

ABJAKBKBANKZKSJBJHBHFBHDBCUF You’re so lucky!!! Two and a half of those would be lifers for me and all of those would be yard lifers! It seems everyone can see cool birds in their yard, I have to go out far away to see anything that’s not super boring, my yard is wayyyy too small. 😭

Well, I was feeling the same way until just a few days ago. Maybe pay more attention to the birds in your yard. You might not get any lifers, but it's always cool to familiarize yourself with the birds you usually find and maybe practice taking pictures. I think it is more the position of your yard that matters more than the size. Plenty of people on here have yards smaller than mine.

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Birding was not in the cards for us this morning. We did find, and watch for half an hour, an adult Green Heron foraging in the park stream while attempting to walk this afternoon. We stood on the bridge and watch it forage, and even catch food items. While we were showing it to an interested passer-by, it flew under the bridge before calming down and resuming its foraging. Earlier, we did see a migrating Cooper's Hawk and some (migrating?) Black Vultures.

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