Monday, September 26, 2011
Today was another AMNH lunchtime walk, with a different leader, because Paul was gallivanting about somewhere. The substitute did a great job, he was extremely knowledgeable, and his approach was very similar to Paul's - inclusive, respectful, helpful, not ego-driven, etc. He and Paul both help me to think about the kind of birder I want to be, which is enormously helpful.
This parula got our walk started nicely. It hid in the leaves for a while, and then stepped out into the light oh-so-briefly. We were again lucky with the weather. Okay, it was still cloudy and super-humid with a heavy supply of bugs, but at least it wasn't actually raining.
Then at the upper lobe we saw a grey-cheeked thrush! It was my first look at a grey-cheeked (that I know of anyway) and it was not long enough. I couldn't even get a blurry picture, it was that quick! Oh well. At least I know it's out there somewhere...... or was, briefly. I consoled myself with this flycatcher. Everyone went over to look at it and try to ID the flycatcher, I have no idea what they decided (if anything) because I wandered off hoping to find the grey-cheeked thrush again. Which did not work. Oh well, someday........
This wood thrush came by to brighten our day, thrush-wise. There were thrushes everywhere! A whole bunch of Swainson's, one grey-cheeked (too briefly for my taste), a few wood thrushes. No veery or hermit thrush today.
This yellow bellied sap sucker came over. In this picture you can see it's starting to get just a touch of red on its throat.
As we headed over to the ramble this female black-throated blue came by, demanding lunch. So imperious!
At the ramble this pine warbler was true to its name, hanging out in the pine tree.
Also I saw this mystery bird. Is it just a common yellow-throat with some yellow on its wings/tail?
And something trying to start a little mini-wingbar? Some sort of vireo? I still can't tell the difference between a vireo beak and a warbler beak.
I've been through my books and can't figure it out.