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Hello,

Yesterday I was walking my usual morning bird watching trail in my neighborhood hoping to catch some migrating birds as the migration is winding down.  Early on in my walk I spotted a Tennessee Warbler, which is a great find for my neighborhood.  Over the last few years, I might see a Tennessee Warbler once or twice a year in this neighborhood, usually in the fall.  I spotted that one and continued on my walk and saw some other good birds.  About an hour later I noticed some movement in a row of trees along a road near one of our ponds.  The previous fall I has seen some warblers in those trees and had been keeping an eye on them every time I walked by.  I found several different bird species in the trees, including two more Tennessee Warblers.  I was surprised to find two more and I managed to get a decent photo of one of them before they disappeared on me.  

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I knew that I had seen Tennessee Warblers in that same tree last year and when I got home I went into eBird and went back to last Octobers observations.  I discovered that I saw two Tennessee Warblers on the exact same date last year.  Considering that I seldom see Tennessee Warbler in this area, I was a bit amazed that I had seen them on the same date, a year apart in the same tree.  Is this just a coincidence?  Not that I think they are the same birds, but it's a funny thing.  

Mark

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My thought was also that you're hitting them at their peak migration. There are certainly places - yes, as specific as individual trees - where I can always find them in the season when they're here. There's a shopping center in my city that has a row of flowering trees and this time of year they're always loaded with hummingbirds and Tennessee Warblers (plus some other kinds of warblers too).

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Thanks for the responses.  I actually spotted four more Tennessee Warblers this morning and quite a few Palm Warblers.  The Palm Warblers are another species that in the past I'd see a few in the spring and a few in the fall.  I've probably seen at least 30 of them the last three days.  In general my neighborhood isn't a great warbler spot, but I've done pretty well this fall.  

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