After reporting that Myrtle Warblers (A.K.A. Yellow-rumped Warblers and Butter Butts) had had been seen on October 6, many more have arrived. A truck load of them must have come in on the night of November 1-2, as there were plenty around the following day.
Although the first bird that I saw on the morning of November 2nd as I pulled the Club Car into its parking spot down in Explore the Wild was a Dark-eyed Junco (first one of the season), the crisp clear air was filled with the flat, dry chek of Butter Butts. A look up into the nearby willows and wax myrtle confirmed, the birds had arrived in earnest. Warblers were swarming through the willows and attacking the myrtle. They had probably been flying all night and were hungry!
Besides the Myrtle Warbler’s mass arrival, other birds have moved in as well. I saw a Hermit Thrush feeding on juniper berries, several Northern Flickers, and a couple of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.
Can’t wait to see what shows up next!
Greg Dodge is a professional naturalist as well as a writer, videographer and producer of natural history DVDs. His images have been used in various TV productions, museum displays, and corporate videos. Above all, he has a fascination and passion for all things natural.
He can be found Tuesday thru Saturday in Explore the Wild, Catch the Wind, or on the Dinosaur Trail. Ask him what’s new in the wild!