I headed to Green-Wood Cemetery last Friday and enjoyed a lovely fall morning that felt more like a summer morning. Much was quiet on the migrant bird front, but there was still plenty of sparrow to analyze and sift through. And for a baby-free outing, I could reallllly slow down and digest every sparrow I spied, which felt so great to do.
|This bird is showing 4 year plumage, which apparently between 1.5 and 4.5 years can vary a bit in their stage appearance, looking more like a 4.5 year old these days but truly a touch younger than that.|
|When you have an itch and you have talons, I suppose one needs to be very careful.|
|A sign that winter is on its way, despite the near 80 degree temps, dark-eyed junco are filtering in.|
|heard a tap-tap-tap above my head to see this little downy just going about its day.|
|The late fruiting trees are just a smorgasboard for the robins! They are also going through that shift in diet from summer worms and insects moving on to the fall and soon winter berries that will sustain them when the ground is frosty.|
|I also love how these berries match their bellies.|
|The warblers moving along the ground with the juncos and other sparrows are mostly palms, bobbing their tails as they go.|