Fall Migration Beginning


The temps here have finally dropped towards the low nineties.  The cool fronts are starting to bring a few winter and migrant birds.  We are excited about the activity as we have had a few somewhat boring birding trips recently.  Here are a few images that I captured the past few days.

This is the first Osprey that we have seen since spring.  It was across the water high in a tree, about 200 yards distant.  This is one of several poses that I was able to get.  It is heavily cropped, and sharpened with FocusMagic software.

Osprey

Osprey

This Green Heron was a welcome sight, too.  They have been around most of the summer, but I have had a hard time spotting one.  This one was across the water, but at a point where I much closer, maybe 150 yards.

Green Heron

Green Heron

Yesterday, we drove along the brushy fence line near Spring Creek Park.  A friend had seen a Wilson’s Warbler the day before and we were hoping to see it for ourselves.  We were not disappointed.  We saw two, but as they flit quickly through the brush, it was nearly impossible to get a good photo this time.  I managed to get this image before they disappeared farther into the woods.  Not a great shot, but recognizable.

Wilson's Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Along with the Wilson’s, there were a couple of Nashville Warblers.

Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Along the way, we also saw a Yellow Warbler and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, but was unsucessful in getting any photos of them.

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12 thoughts on “Fall Migration Beginning

  1. Great shot of the osprey and I love the green heron’s pose! The second Nashville warbler photo is my favorite, really nice! I’m glad the migrants are heading your way. We are going out this weekend to see what we can see, but man those fall warblers are tricky things!! 🙂 Have a great one, Bob!

    • Thanks, Amy. I agree about the warblers being tricky to get shots of. They flit around in the brush, teasingly, knowing that I am having a hard time trying to get a focused shot. 🙂

  2. Be still my heart!! An Osprey AND a Green Heron! The Osprey is an amazing shot and the little warblers are so pretty. Thanks for posting – this has brightened my day!! hugs

  3. It is great to see what has been arriving in your area, Bob. It is nice for me to check the photos on FB for the local birds sighted on their migration. Seems we are getting an early fall.
    I will keep my eyes open .

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