Warbling Vireo at Terrapin Nature Park

I went back to Terrapin this morning, as it’s always been a good place for Fall migrants. I saw my very first Warbling Vireo, and witnessed an encounter between a Black Rat Snake and a Northern Flicker. Several good birds were around.
Bug hunting wasn’t as good, but I found a few.

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

I was standing under a tree full of birds at Terrapin when a Flicker flew in and started making one Hell of a racket. It was actually quite startling, but I couldn't see enough to tell what was happening. Imagine my surprise when I uploaded and examined the picture and saw a large snake having a disagreement with the Flicker. I left this full size so you can see more.

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warblers seem to be migrating on the eastern shore also.

Osprey

It's been a while since I photographed an Osprey.

Red Eyed Vireo

The light was wrong for this Red Eyed Vireo .

Goldfinch

This Goldfinch is wearing his Winter plumage.

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpeckers are easier to find in the Fall.

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher s were very active.

Blackpoll Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler 6

Not great images, but we don't see Blackpoll Warblers often.

Beetle 103

Butterfly 36

Spider 209

Bee Mimic 108

Beetle 104

Today's bugs.

Yellow Breasted Chat at Governor Bridge Natural Area

It was cloudy and cool this morning, with the promise of clearing and warming. The weatherman got it right, but the birds are still scarce. A late Chat made up for it, though.
A few interesting bugs made for a decent day.

Black and White Warbler

This Black and White Warbler was a little distant, but still a nice find.

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrashers seem to be more common.

Common Yellowthroat

I'm seeing Common Yellowthroats nearly every day.

Yellow Breasted Chat

This Yellow Breasted Chat may be migrating a little late.

Insect 640

Katydid 8

Insect 642

Skipper 19

Insect 641

Caterpillar 191

Katydid 7

Spider 207

Spider 208

Today's bugs.

House Wren at Governor Bridge Natural Area

After yesterday’s disappointing foray, I went back to Governor Bridge in hopes of finding some migrants. I didn’t get any great images, but at least there were a few good birds around.
Bugs were more cooperative as well.

Monarch Butterfly 102

Wasp 71

Beetle 102

Skipper 18

Ladybug 40

Spider 204

Spider 205

Spider 206

Today's bugs.

Chestnut Sided Warbler

This Chestnut Sided Warbler stayed in the shade.

Northern Parula

Northern Parulas breed at Governor Bridge.

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

There was a pair of Brown Thrashers foraging near the pond.

Flycatcher

I saw a lot of Flycatchers.

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroats are fueling up for the trip South.

Cape May Warbler

Cape May Warblers are being seen everywhere.

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warblers are still abundant.

Cardinal

This Cardinal was enjoying the sunshine.

House Wren

House Wren

I don't see House Wrens very often.

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

This Grasshopper landed on my camera and was very cooperative.

Red Eyed Vireo at Wooton’s Landing

It was just one of those days. Beautiful weather and no birds to speak of at all. I searched Wooton, along with a fellow birder, for 2-3 hours and found hardly anything at all.
I didn’t find much in the way of bugs, either.

Common Yellowthroat

This Common Yellowthroat was foraging in the marsh.

Red Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireo

This Red Eyed Vireo posed nicely.

Viceroy

Viceroy

This Viceroy butterfly looks similar to a Monarch, However, a viceroy has a black line crossing the postmedian hindwing.

White Eyed Vireo at Governor Bridge Natural Area

Although cloudy, it was a decent morning, and I headed back to Governor Bridge. There was very little activity when I arrived, but I found pockets of birds here and there-no groups of migrants, however.
Bug hunting was better than in recent days.

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanagers have been numerous recently.

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwings tend to travel in flocks.

Yellow Billed Cuckoo

It's been a few weeks since I've seen a Yellow Billed Cuckoo.

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warblers continue to be the dominant warbler.

White Eyed Vireo

White Eyed Vireos are very vocal.

Spider 200

Spider 201

Saddleback Caterpillar 106

Saddleback Caterpillar 105

Bee Mimic 107

Praying Mantis 44

Caterpillar 190

Broad Headed Sharpshooter 29

Fly 86

Locust Borer 103

Beetle 101

Wasp 70

Today's bugs.

Magnolia Warbler at Sands Road Park

I decided to take a chance on Sands Road this morning, and it didn’t work well. It’s somewhat difficult going, but the habitat is excellent, and birds should be present. I found only a few, then went to Wooton, where the situation was similar.
I did find a couple of bugs, but it was a very slow day.

Flycatcher

Flycatchers are active everywhere.

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

I'm seeing Magnolia Warblers nearly every day.

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat 150

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroats are nearly common these days.

Eastern Bluebird

This is a juvenile Eastern Bluebird.

Spider 197

Fly 85

Insect 637

Today's bugs.

Black Throated Green Warbler at Governor Bridge Natural Area

We finally got a decent run of migrants. I got 5 warblers today, which is a lot for me. A very pleasant morning indeed.
I didn’t leave much time for bugs, and I haven’t finished processing the photos yet.

American Redstart

American Redstart

American Redstarts tend to move quickly, so I feel lucky when I get a decent photo.

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroats are getting scarcer.

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler 112

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warblers are passing through daily.

Flycatcher

Many Flycatchers were active today.

Red Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireos are also harder to find.

Tennessee Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

The Tennessee Warbler is a migrant travelling from near Canada to South or Central America.

Chestnut Sided Warbler

Chestnut Sided Warbler

Chestnut Sided Warbler

Chestnut Sided Warblers travel a route similar to the Tennessee Warbler.

Black Throated Green Warbler

We only see these handsome Black Throated Green Warblers during migration.

Cricket 7

Insect 636

Praying Mantis 43

Today's bugs.

Black and White Warbler at Governor Bridge Natural Area

Another beautiful day, but the birds weren’t as numerous. I did quite a bit of trekking, but never found a good concentration of migrants. Tomorrow may be different.
I only spent a short time bug hunting, but found a nice spider.

Scarlet Tanager

This Scarlet Tanager is heading South.

Black and White Warbler 45

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warblers often forage upside down.

Carolina Wren

I hear Carolina Wrens often, but haven't photographed one recently.

Flycatcher

Flycatcher

Flycatchers are still plentiful.

Spider 196

Insect 635

Caterpillar 189

Today's bugs.

Cape May Warbler at Governor Bridge Natural Area

I managed to get out for a short time yesterday, but the weather was so foul I cut the morning short. Today was entirely different. I saw several good birds, ‘though not many were posing well.
Bugs are getting a little harder to find.

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warblers seem to be appearing everywhere.

Catbird

The park is dominated by Robins and Catbirds lately.

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroats will be migrating soon.

Tennessee Warbler

This Tennessee Warbler was a welcome sight.

Cape May Warbler

I haven't seen a Cape May Warbler since the Spring.

Grasshopper 67

Dragonfly 208

Grasshopper 69

Grasshopper 70

Cicada 109

Cicada 108

Bee Mimic 106

Wasp 69

Bee 65

Caterpillar 188

Grasshopper 68

Today's bugs.

Black Throated Blue Warbler at Governor Bridge Natural Area

It was a beautiful morning, similar to yesterday. The North winds produces a lot of migrating birds, far more than I could photograph. I pretty much stayed in one place for an hour, then searched the adjoining area for more birds.
Bug hunting was productive again, as well.

Brown Thrasher

This Brown Thrasher was the first bird I saw this morning.

Chestnut Sided Warbler

Chestnut Sided Warbler

This Chestnut Sided Warbler landed in a tree right next to me.

Common Yellowthroat

This Common Yellowthroat might be a first year bird.

Red Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireos will be heading South soon.

Eastern Phoebe 73

Black Throated Blue Warbler

Black Throated Blue Warbler

Black Throated Blue Warbler. I don't see many of these beautiful birds.

Spider 193

Spider 194

Spider 195

Spider 3

Caterpillar 185

Insect 634

Wasp 68

Saddleback Caterpillar 104

Insect 633

Scorpionfly 9

Leafhopper 22

Caterpillar 187

Praying Mantis 42

Katydid 5

Insect 632

Katydid 6

Caterpillar 186

Today's bugs.