Migration Workshop #3
On Thursday, 3 October 2013, a group of birders scoured every corner of Jackson Park in search of some of the later neotropical migrants. While it took a good bit of work, we were still able to find a very respectable 16 species of warblers. The weather was perfect for us birders, but seemed to suppress the bird activity, making them difficult to find.
The abundance of Bay-breasted Warblers in the wooded areas indicated that we are now approaching the tail-end of warbler migration, but it was nice to see so many of them. Tennessee Warblers were still the dominant warbler in the more open areas, along with Magnolia and Chestnut-sided Warblers, American Redstart, and a few Northern Parulas. Cape May, Blackburnian, Black-throated Green, Black-and-white, and Hooded Warblers all put in appearances with glimpses of Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, and Common Yellowthoat. The bottomland trail was really active in the afternoon, providing excellent views of bathing birds. Our highlight of the day was here, with a very cooperative Blue-winged Warbler, and a Golden-winged Warbler quickly passing by. Wintering arrivals, such as a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets were also nice to see. All-in-all, our hard work paid off for a great day of fall birding!