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Some Recent Sightings

Published August 29, 2014
Tags: General Observations, Green Heron, Red-eyed Vireo, Belted Kingfisher, Gray Catbird, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Eastern-wood Pewee, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Magnolia Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Hudsonian Godwit, Wood Duck, Solitary Sandpiper

Fall migration has started and I've been running out to bird here and there - pretty much whenever my work load will allow.  I've been keeping my eyes open for migrants plus any birds I may have missed this year during spring migration.

One very cool bird I found this week was right in my own backyard - a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. This is definitely a first for our yard and I was excited to see it AND get a couple of decent photos of it.

A little further east, near the Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant, a young, curious Red-tailed Hawk peeked in over my sunroof on my car as I was looking over a farm field. That was a real surprise! He even let me grab a few awkward photos of him.

After the treatment plant, I drove around the Geneseo area looking for migrants. I did find a few shorebirds, but the only interesting ones were a couple of Solitary Sandpipers mixed in with some Killdeer and yellowlegs.

A trip out to Montezuma brought a year bird - two Hudsonian Godwits way out in the Knox Marcellus marsh. A poor digiscoped photo is included.

Around the yard, after the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, I found our first migrating warbler, a beautiful male Magnolia.  We are still seeing Ruby-throated Hummingbirds - but only the females and the young ones now. The males have all left to return to their wintering places in the tropics. I haven't seen a Baltimore Oriole at our feeders for a couple of weeks now and I just brought in the grape jelly feeder for cleaning.
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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
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Red-tailed Hawk
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Red-tailed Hawk
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American Kestrel
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Barn Swallow
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Cedar Waxwing
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Purple Finch
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Young Chipping Sparrow
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Our first fall migrating warbler, a beautiful male Magnolia Warbler
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Green Heron at Sinking Ponds
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Wood Ducks at Sinking Ponds
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Gray Catbird at Sinking Ponds
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Solitary Sandpipers in Geneseo
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American Goldfinch beginning to molt
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Two Hudsonian Godwits on the right at Knox Marcellus Marsh