I’ll keep this brief for now as I’m tired, but will add more tomorrow. With a strong northwest breeze I thought that this would be a great opportunity to try my luck with a Golden Eagle on TI. Lots of raptors went over, but none were golden, sadly. However, there were some interesting birds to be had. Just the highlights here. Halfway along the boardwalk I found quite a nice flock that contained several Yellow-rumped Warblers and Hermit Thrushes, a Palm Warbler, a Red-eyed Vireo, three Eastern Phoebes and a surprise Wood-Pewee! I’m pretty sure it is simply an Eastern, albeit a very late one. Here are a couple of photos – I’m gonna have to work on this tomorrow as I’ve no time now. Identification of non-calling birds is pretty difficult if not impossible. If anyone out there has any ideas I’d like to hear them…
The other good bird I saw by chance. I struck up a conversation with two women who were birding the Islands and they mentioned they’d just seen a female Pine Grosbeak! Such a rarity on TI I just had to see it! They kindly told me where to go (to see the bird that is) and in return I gave them directions to the juv Red-headed Woodpecker I’d just seen. After some time I found the bird and was able to get a few half decent pix as it fed on mountain ash berries along the beach just east of the Art School. Lovely jubbly! Has been a while since I’ve seen one and I’d almost forgotten how brilliant they are!
In fact it was quite finchy today. Siskins were everywhere! Also, I saw both Crossbills and a flock of 28 Evening Grosbeaks flying over.
More details tomorrow – just thought I’d post these pix now.