Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cedar Waxwings Make a Boisterous Fall Entrance

                                                             White-throated Sparrow

                                                                 Female House Finch

                                                           Yellow-rumped Warbler

                                               Slate-colored Junco and Chipping Sparrow

                                                         Female Slate-colored Junco

                                                             Yellow-rumped Warbler

                                                               Slate-colored Junco
                                                     Under Umbrella of Collective Term
                                                                 Dark-eyed Junco

                                                                   Cedar Waxwing

                                                             Juvenile Cedar Waxwing

                                                             White-throated Sparrow

Tuesday, 11-03-15
0650-1010 hrs./55-65 degrees F/partly cloudy/18 mph winds dropping to light and variable winds

This was an exemplary day, noting the arrival of 46 Cedar Waxwings, including juveniles.  This
was also the the second day of a low pressure system and the sun did its best to come through the clouds, but wasn't able to stay for long, providing a very challenging time for pictures.  Among this crowd was the White-throated Sparrow, close to a dozen Slate-colored Juncos, which falls under the collective term of Dark-eyed Junco.  Juncos have several subspecies, and even though I wished to be in the presence of the Gray-headed Junco, it was not to be.  A couple of Chipping Sparrows popped
out from the mix, so there were definitely no complaints.

There were an easy dozen Yellow-rumped Warblers, allowing good clicks, a pair of House Finches, but no superb rarity.  I do get my share of those, but this wasn't the day for it.

There could be something in store over the weekend, but time will tell.