Eastern Phoebe at Wooton’s Landing

Fall migration seems to be slow this year. I didn’t see any migrants today, and damn few in the last few days. Hopefully, we’ll get some action soon.
Bug hunting was slow, and I quit early in the heat and humidity.

White Eyed Vireo

This is a first year White Eyed Vireo.

Catbird

This Catbird is molting.

Song Sparrow

A small flock of Song Sparrows was foraging on the path.

Common Yellowthroat

Many Common Yellowthroats breed at Wooton.

Eastern Phoebe

This Eastern Phoebe posed very nicely.

Insect 601

Skipper 16

Wasp 61

Scorpionfly 6

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.

Great Egret at Governor Bridge Natural Area

It was cloudy this morning, and I wanted to try another place, but I had to work around mid-morning, so I went back to Governor Bridge. It was another slow and disappointing morning, with no migrants, but the bugs were somewhat cooperative. We need some northerly winds to speed things up.

American Redstart

Distant, and in poor light, but still an American Redstart.

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Juvenile and adult Indigo Buntings.

Great Egret

I don’t usually see Great Egrets at Governor Bridge, but this one has been around for several days.

Leaf

I just liked the look of this Leaf.

Spider 151

Spider 150

Moth 89

Insect 599

Spicebush Swallowtail 102

Skipper 15

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.

Eastern Towhee at Governor Bridge Natural Area

It was cloudy this morning, but good enough to give the birds a try. I started with a flash, and saw very little for quite a while. When the Sun began to show through the clouds, a few birds showed. The warblers still aren’t arriving in any numbers.
Bug hunting was better than yesterday.

Indigo Bunting 162

Indigo Bunting

Yet another juvenile Indigo Bunting.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

This Ruby Throated Hummingbird was very surprised to find a moth in her favorite flower.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 245

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

A few more Ruby Throated Hummingbirds.

Eastern Towhee

I hear Eastern Towhees often, but haven’t photographed one in a while.

Dragonfly 202

Insect 598

Damsel Fly 32

Caterpillar 163

Moth 87

Fly 68

Moth 86

Caterpillar 162

Skipper 14

Skipper 13

Caterpillar 161

Caterpillar 160

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.

Chestnut Sided Warbler at Governor Bridge Natural Area

Well, the warblers started arriving today, for sure. I’ll be spending a lot of time at Governor Bridge until it’s over. Aside from warblers, I found a nice snake and a few other birds, including more hummingbirds.
There wasn’t much in the way of bugs.

Scarlet Tanager

This Scarlet Tanager was a nice find.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 238

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 239

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 236

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 237

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 240

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 241

My hummingbird obsession continues.

My hummingbird obsession continues.

Northern Parula

Northern Parula

This Northern Parula is probably a migrant, but they do breed here.

Red Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireos also breed here.

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatchers will be migrating soon.

Chestnut Sided Warbler

Chestnut Sided Warbler

This is probably a juvenile Chestnut Sided Warbler.

Ribbon Snake

Ribbon Snake

I’ve seen this Ribbon Snake before, but this is the first picture I’ve been able to get.

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hummingbird Clearwings were feeding right alongside the hummingbirds.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird at Governor Bridge Natural Area

We’ve been really lucky with the weather. I got to Governor Bridge around dawn, as usual, and headed for my favorite bird spots. It was a little slow, and I spent too much time chasing hummingbirds, again.
The bugs were very cooperative, and I took way too many pictures.

Yellow Warbler

This appears to be a Yellow Warbler. A sign that migration is beginning.

Flycatcher

This Flycatcher was hanging out with the hummingbirds.

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Here’s a comparison pf a juvenile and adult Indigo Bunting.

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

I saw a lot of Blue Gray Gnatcatchers today.

White Eyed Vireo

This White Eyed Vireo was very vocal.

Red Bellied Woodpecker

It’s been a while since I found a Red Bellied Woodpecker.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 235

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 226

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 227

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 228

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 229

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 232

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 231

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 230

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 233

I wonder if I spend too much time with Ruby Throated Hummingbirds.

I wonder if I spend too much time with Ruby Throated Hummingbirds.

Assassin Bug 102

Wasp 58

Two Lined Spitttlebug 5

Beetle 96

Fly 67

Dragonfly 201

Moth 82

Robber Fly 11

Arrow Shaped Micrathena 1

Moth 83

Moth 84

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 50

Spicebush Swallowtail 101

Fly 66

Insect 597

Spider 157

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.

Great Egret at Governor Bridge Natural Area

I had an appointment this morning, so I went bug hunting in the local park before, then to Governor Bridge afterwards. I missed the prime birding time, but I did well enough.
I didn’t have enough time for a thorough bug hunt, but I’ll make up for it tomorrow.

Indigo Bunting

This is a juvenile Indigo Bunting, the plainest of all birds.

Flycatcher

Flycatcher

Another unknown Flycatcher.

Great Egret

I think this is the first Great Egret I’ve seen at Governor Bridge.

Fly 65

Spider 156

Feather

I think this is a Blue Jay Feather.

Spider 156

Partridge Bug 1 (6)

Cricket 3

Cicada 104

Caterpillar 155

Assassin Bug 101

Insect 595

Fly 65

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.

Prothonotary Warbler at Governor Bridge Natural Area

I’m getting spoiled with this wonderful weather. I wanted to get another chance at the hummingbirds (Obsession?) so I went back to Governor Bridge this morning.
It was very active, maybe a precursor to migration. I found some good birds early, then tried for some more hummingbirds.
I abbreviated the bug hunt again due to heat and time, but I found a few anyway.

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

This Blue Gray Gnatcatcher found a nice caterpillar.

Red Eyed Vireo

I haven’t gotten a good look at a Red Eyed Vireo in a while.

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

This Indigo Bunting is molting his tail feathers.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

I think I did a little better with Ruby Throated Hummingbirds today.


Flycatcher

This could be one of several Flycatchers.

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

This Prothonotary Warbler is another bid I haven’t seen in a while.

Spider 155

Butterfly 33

Caterpillar 151

Caterpillar 152

Caterpillar 153

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.

White Ibis at Wooton’s Landing

Last Summer we had a series of 90 + degree days in July, but this year is much better. If I’m not getting all the birds I want, the weather’s not to blame.
I made a quick stop at Sands Road near dawn, but it was foggy and a waste of time.
It had nearly cleared by the time I got to Wooton, and it looked nearly perfect for birding. Alas, not much was happening, and I felt lucky to get what I did.
It had gotten fairly hot by the time I got around to the bugs, so I didn’t spend much time looking.

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Herons are still hanging around.

Great Blue Heron

This Great Blue Heron may have been sleeping.

Catbird

Catbird

This Catbird posed well.

White Ibis

I nearly walked by this juvenile White Ibis.

Insect 592

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.