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  Some September Migrants

Published: September 24, 2020
Tags: Migration, yellow-bellied flycatcher, philadelphia vireo, swamp sparrow, red-breasted nuthatch, bald eagle, magnolia warbler, black-throated green warbler, wilson's warbler, gray-cheeked thrush, swainson's thrush, pectoral sandpiper

As we head into the second half of the month, we notice the faces changing on the parade of migrants flowing through Western New York.  It's always a joy to see these travelers a second time on their southward journey as they make their way to their wintering grounds.

A favorite migrant, a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, gave me some great views the other day and I thought I'd share some photos that s/he allowed as well as a few others.

On a side note, I'm really enjoying the increased numbers of Red-breasted Nuthatches I've been encountering.  While we have the fun of hosting them year-round at home, many other folks in Western New York are without their little toy horn sounds as they "yank yank yank" at feeders.  This is supposed to be a big irruption year for them and already, I've spotted many in parks and preserves where I don't usually see them.  I hope this bodes well for other winter wanderers as well!

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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

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Swamp Sparrow

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Red-breasted Nuthatch

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Philadelphia Vireo

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Another Philadelphia Vireo

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Not a migrant but a cool sighting of a young Bald Eagle successfully grabbing a Ring-billed Gull

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Magnolia Warbler

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Another Red-breasted Nuthatch

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Red-breasted Nuthatch

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Black-throated Green Warbler

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Wilson's Warbler

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Gray-cheeked Thrush

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Swainson's Thrush

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Pectoral Sandpiper

Reply from: Celeste Morien on 10/8/2020 11:02 AM
 Beautiful images, Sue!


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