He said he didn't expect the peregrine to have so much strong color. He like the striped pant-legs too.
We were both fascinated by the bone cracking and crunching as what looked like a chunk of starling was munched.
Thanks Mike, for putting this trip together and for your help in confirming my id's. I'm looking forward to this winter's Sax Zim Bog Festival of Birds.
Here's yet another warbler that I couldn't identify without help. I scoured my two favorite field guides- Peterson (fifth edition) and Stokes Field Guide to Warblers and couldn't find anything to fit this bird. That gray neck band wasn't anywhere. So, once again I asked Hap in New Hope for help.
Here's another bird that I saw two weekends ago at Hasty. Again, the sky was very overcast and I believe it was drizzling at this point so the pictures are on the poor side. It has to be a vireo but what kind? It has:
prominent eye ring
thicker, slightly hooked bill
two wing bars (seen better in the second photo)
yellow wash on the flanks
Within an hour of seeing the Pileated Woodpecker in the birch at Hasty Brook, four Bald Eagles soared above the campsite. The sky had gone from eye-watering blue to heavily overcast when they flew into view.
I'm throwing myself on the mercy of experienced fall warbler birders to help me with an id on this little one. The lighting was terrible and my photos aren't great.
My thought is a Tennessee Warbler.
white undertail coverts
pale under with no hints of streaks
light wingbar (although I think I see two)
There were still quite a few juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers at Hasty Brook last weekend but I didn't see a single adult. Are the adults moving south all ready? This young one spent quite a bit of time on the thistle sock. I've never seen a sapsucker on any kind of feeder before, seed or suet. Quoting Sibley:
"Sapsuckers mainly eat the inner bark of trees, lap sap that oozes from small wells that the birds drill in a tree trunk, eat invertebrate's trapped in the sap produced at these "sapsucker wells," and also flycatch invertebrates."
When this bird first inspected the thistle sock, he (she?) seemed to give it a few whacks, burying its bill deep into the seed.
After some time it would probe the seed without the force, gently bringing out thistle, which it proceeded to eat. It occurred to me that the bird might be probing for insects, but I had just filled this sock with fresh seed an hour before so I'm certain it wasn't swallowing insects.
I was glad to have the type of sock with the bigger holes or I'm sure he would have enlarged the holes, tearing it.
Has anyone seen this foraging behavior in Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers before?