Sunday, June 30, 2013

Weekend reports

During this lull between the migration seasons, few things occur (and of course what we call post migration syndrome), and hence the dearth of birding reports. This weekend though , a few keen observations to report.

Christopher Holden emailed me that a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was seen nesting in last year's site , on the margin of the southwest Rose Garden. Christopher took photos of the bird, including a You Tube video.Also terrific to report were three GREEN HERON fledglings, likely a second brood in the Lullwater vicinity.

access both visuals thru these links

Perhaps a very interesting report happened today. On a flyover, a large tern was spotted with two smaller terns over Prospect Lake, sighted by  Rob Bate. From a distance, it appeared to be a probable and very rare ROYAL TERN based on the lack of black on the underwing tips (that a Caspian tern has). The smaller terns were undetermined , impossible to tell from the distance but useful to gauge the species sizes. Its best to keep your eyes open for overhead birds as sometimes a Caspian was reported years ago in the late June early July period

 Last, Dale Dyer reported YELLOW WARBLER on the peninsula leading to suspicions that this species nesting here but never confirmed , with no fledglings ever reported. This observation of this species ranged over a number of years. Send me evidence if anybody ever finds the truth.