Jordan Lake, Haw River, Wednesday September 30, 2020: Update on Kirtland’s Warbler – she is STILL HERE! Yes! I had wondered if last night’s rain and colder weather would send her on the next part of her journey, but there she was, 1) eyeing a protein packet 2) happily eating a spider protein packet 3) a yellow-throated warbler was also there. She has been active all morning, up until noon and then again in the later afternoon … I hope she is still there tomorrow and that those of you who haven’t seen her yet get a chance to do just that.

The Jordan Lake Neighborhood Roundup, part 2
 
songbirds and flycatchers
 
Eastern Phoebe
This medium sized flycatcher was still just long enough for me catch its profile.
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Prairie Warbler
This songster was a new addition to my life list.  It is a summer breeder here.
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Chipping Sparrow
He has a beak that is crammed full with insects.
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Eastern Wood-Pewee
The pewee often has a favorite look-out perch branch and will return to it in-between catching flying insects.
This is a pair of wood-pewee fledglings that are playing king-of-the-perch-branch.
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Yellow-throated Warbler.
Just how handsome can a bird get?
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Carolina Chickadee
 
The bird to the right is the parent chickadee.
The bird to the left is a newly fledged chickadee – still very awkward in flight.

A small package, um, bird was a great surprise today.
I found this yellow-throated warbler up high in the canopy at the lake.
This species is uncommon here, but sure a lot of colorful fun.

yellow-throated warbler