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17 hours ago, birdbrain22 said:

Yesterday’s FOS yard birds were Chipping Sparrows and Pine Warblers... and today the BG Gnatcatchers showed up.

Oops, went off early on the previous post.

What's 'FOS'?

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3 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Oops, went off early on the previous post.

What's 'FOS'?

I was going to ask that myself!

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Had the first Black-chinned Hummingbird of the year yesterday! Didn't get a photo, but he looked happy to be back. The females will show up soon, and all my feeders will be buzzing for the Summer! 😀

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I wanted to give an update since it is time to see some travelers flying over the southeast right now.   An Indigo Bunting showed up last week at my mother's house in North Alabama.  There is a good chance that this is the same bird every year because he acts like he is familiar with the bird feeders and is very comfortable with this behavior.   I have not seen or heard a Rose-breasted Grosbeak or Blue Grosbeak yet this year but I was interested to ask if anyone else on the forum has had one come through.  If you do, take a picture and send it in.  I did not get to see one last year but the year before that, I saw quite a few use my bird feeders on their way North.... Thanks! 

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I haven't seen grosbeaks or buntings in central SC yet.  I normally get RBGR at my feeders only every two or three years, and BLGR even less often.

I never get buntings at my feeders but they do show up regularly at some of my spots and patches.  I recall @cccougar had an Indigo down Charleston way earlier in the week, so I should have them in a few days.

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Saw my 1st female Black-chinned Hummingbird of the year yesterday. They're fighting with the Anna's for control of the feeders. Always gets very interesting to watch as they chase and establish dominance for territory. I've been out in the yard and had them zoom by within inches of my head. Sometimes they are so close I can feel the wind from their wings!

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Migration is really kicking now in and around Augusta. In the past week I've seen: Rose-breasted Grosbeak*, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Painted Bunting, Great Crested Flycatcher*, Wood Thrush*, Scarlet Tanager*, Summer Tanager*, Yellow Warbler, Cape May Warbler*, Swainson's Warbler, American Redstart*, Northern Parula*, Red-eyed Vireo*, Bobolink, Ovenbird, Prothonotary Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Prairie Warbler*, Mississippi Kite*, and Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

*-yard birds

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North of San Fransisco. we've been having a slow migration compared to surrounding counties, but I have seen: Wilson's Warbler, Orange Crowned Warbler (Lutences and Oresta Subspecies)    Tons of Black-throated Gray's, sometimes getting more than 30 of them, a few Hermit Warblers. Lots of Pacific-slope Flycatchers, and starting to get Western Wood Pewee, and lots of Olive-sided. Ash-throateds are starting to come in, along with Swainson's Thrush. No Lazuli's yet, but am heading out to look for them today. A few Western Kingbird, and House Wren. Lot's of Black-headed Grosbeaks and Warbling Vireo. I had a possible Black-and-white Warbler a few days ago. More stuff should be coming soon. Also had a few Grasshopper Sparrow.

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Hi Charlie- I had the Rose-breasted Grosbeak for several days in my North Charleston, SC backyard not an Indigo. Have not seen Rosie in a few days so may be heading north. 

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8 hours ago, tclarkwood said:

Wow! What a list!  Is this all near your home?

The ones with stars were in my yard, without, within 20 minutes of my house. 🙂

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I keep an eye on my mother's yard birds too since I visit up there at least 2-3 times per month.  She lives in North Alabama and I wanted to share what she has because she has so much more diversity than I do living on an open portion of 5 acres of partially wooded land on a large lake.  Here is what we have seen in the last month.  1) Bald Eagle 2) Red Tail Hawk 3) Red-Shouldered Hawk 4) Barred Owl 4) Pileated Woodpecker 5) American Crow 6) Blue Jay 7) Eastern Bluebird 😎 American Goldfinch 9) Indigo Bunting 10) Rose-breasted Grosbeak 11) Tufted Timouse 12) Cedar Waxwing 13) Chickadee 14) Housefinch 15) Downy Woodpecker 16) Sapsucker 17) Hairy Woodpecker 18) Northern Cardinal 19) Ruby-throat Hummingbird 20) Chipping Sparrow 21) Eastern Towhee 22) Yellow-rumped Warbler 23) Eastern Phoebe 24) Barn Swallow 25) American Coot 26) Kingfisher 27) Great Blue Heron 28) Canada Goose 29) American Kestrel 30) Cooper's Hawk 31) American Robin .... and I'm sure I have left off a few sparrows that I can't tell which kind they are.  I am also sure that there are more warblers, vireos, kinglets and other insect eaters that I have not listed on her property but they tend to stay in the woods more and most of these sightings have been sitting on the back deck overlooking the lake out in the open.  Probably  60% of the list are resident birds and the rest are seasonal. 

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We have had two male rose-breasted grosbeak for about a week at Mom's place.  I'm guessing they will move out this week heading further North.  Saw a bald eagle several times on Saturday so there may be a nest close by?  The bluebird pair didn't even wait for me to remove the nest that fledged 6 babies.  There are 5 new eggs in the box so we will see another hatch in the next week or so.  These are super bluebirds and they are not messin around! 

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Go bluebirds, go!

We had Towhees nesting in our yard (again), and they were unsuccessful (again). Sigh. I do have a hummingbird that has built a nest! It's way up in a tree, so I won't be able to check on it at all, but it is there! 

New migrants on my hike this week: Black-throated blue Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-pewee, Swainson's Thrush, and one of the Waterthrushes. Could not get a good enough look to tell which one.

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