Friday, January 1, 2016

Yellow-throated Warbler visitation patterns (rare bird in Maine)

I am looking for visitation patterns of the warbler to our feeder.  I don't usually have this much time to keep an eye on it, so luckily I have a vacation day.
•7:30 am - The first birds of the day visited the feeder - a flock of mourning doves.
•8:35 am - The warbler flew in with a flock of chickadees, but they all flew off immediately and did not feed as there were squirrels galore at our feeders.
•10:25 am - A small flock of chickadees flew in again, but I did not see the warbler. However, along with the chickadees, came slate-colored juncos, blue jays, titmice, doves, a few downy woodpeckers, and squirrels. A couple of chickadees fed at the seed feeder, and then flew away. All the other birds stayed for about 10 minutes.
•10:50 am - Neighbor dog, Zoe, is in prime squirrel chasing mode which does not bode well for birds visiting the feeder right now. But, she went home when asked.
•11:35 am - Flock of chickadees, titmice, a few goldfinches arrived. No warbler that I could see.
•1:30 pm - Chickadees, mourning doves, a few titmice, and woodpeckers arrived and stayed for a few minutes to feed. No warbler. 
•2 pm - It has gotten very cloudy and dark. Rob Speirs and Janet Galle showed up. At 3pm, the Elizabeth McGrath showed up with more family members.
•3:45 pm - No show, warbler... We hardly saw any birds from 2 pm to 3:30 pm. We saw some nuthatches, downy and hairy woodpeckers, crows and a raven in the air. Rob played some chickadee sounds from his phone app, but to no avail. I was so bummed that we did not see the warbler this afternoon. But, I was glad that the Elizabeth had seen it yesterday, and was able to corroborate the existence of the bird;-) I'll keep you posted if I see it tomorrow.

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