Mississippi Kite, juvenile, (Ictinia mississippiensis)
This young kite is making its way to South America during our winter.
But for the moment, well at least last night and this morning, it spent some time just south of Marathon.
There were several neo-tropical migrating songbirds once I arrived at Post Park.
American Redstart, female (Setophaga ruticilla)
This redstart was actively foraging as they almost always are. This bird is extremely quick, never stopping long enough to allow me to photograph her. At this particular moment, she was well up in a tree..
The rest of her. Ha, what a great warbler to observe even when less than cooperative for a camera.
Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeous)
This vireo, in the same group of trees as the American Redstart, doesn't have nearly as far to go as that Mississippi Kite up top does.
Generally, this species is heading to the Pacific Coast of Mexico having just spent the spring and summer in the Inter-Mountain West of the U.S, which includes certain areas of the trans-Pecos of Texas.
Cassin's Vireo (Vireo cassinii)
This Cassin's Vireo is also headed to Mexico for the winter.
Certain bird species are arriving that just may stay the winter, our winter.
Clay-colored Sparrows (Spizella pallida)
Clay-colored Sparrows spend the spring and summer in northern portions of our continent including the Great Lakes region, the Dakotas, Montana, and the Interior Provinces of Canada.
We'll begin seeing and hearing a lot more of them during the fall migration season. These were the first of Fall for me. A few will stay the winter in certain portions of the trans-Pecos, but most are headed to Mexico and Central America.
There were other winter-residing sparrow species that were seen for the first time this Fall during the morning at Post.
The following is a list, generated by ebird, of the birds I saw, heard, and identified at Post Park this morning. Happy Fall Migration!
As at any point in this lifetime: Look around. Listen around.
Mallard (Mexican) Anas platyrhynchos diazi
orange bill indicates female
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
American Coot Fulica americana
White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
Black-chinned Hummingbird Archilochus alexandri
Archilochus sp. female.
Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons
Western Wood-Pewee Contopus sordidulus
Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
Bell's Vireo Vireo bellii
Plumbeous Vireo Vireo plumbeus
Cassin's Vireo Vireo cassinii
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Canyon Wren Catherpes mexicanus
House Wren Troglodytes aedon
2 heard, from opposite ends of the park (opposite ends of the creek) one showed itself. Fairly round, drab-ish brown wren that lacked a distinctive supercilium. Fairly short tail. FOF in TX
Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
two birds in separate locations respectively of the park, deep in reeds. Both vocalizing to make presence known. FOF.
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
Wilson's Warbler Cardellina pusilla
Canyon Towhee Melozone fusca
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
Clay-colored Sparrow Spizella pallida
Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
first heard vocalizing with the fairly distinctive, solid/firm "chip" . One popped out of creek to perch on fence as they both continued to "chip." FOF
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
Lazuli Bunting Passerina amoena
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
2 females hanging around with a female PABU
Painted Bunting Passerina ciris
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus