New Yard Birds–late August

Last couple of days have had some migrants going through, including new for the year Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Chestnut-sided Warbler, and Blackburnian Warbler.

This morning three Bobolinks flew over calling, new for the year.  Fortunately it was overcast so I could pick them out in the sky rather than losing them in the blue, which so often happens with these flyovers in the fall.  Here’s a spectrogram and recording of the birds flying over:

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Bobolink flight calls, 30 Aug 2015.

Another good bird for the yard this morning was a Belted Kingfisher that flew over calling.  I was able to record it with the OldBird21c microphone to add it to the audio big year list:

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Belted Kingfisher, with Blue Jay in background, 30 Aug 2015.

Best bird of the morning was a Brewster’s Warbler (Golden-winged x Blue-winged Warbler hybrid).  Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera and it was playing quick hide-and-seek with me in the grape tangles in my side yard.  As a hybrid, it doesn’t count for the Backyard Big Year, but very cool to see.  Now I just need a real Golden-winged Warbler to show up!

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