By late September, temperatures generally drop quite a bit overnight and do not rise again until mid to late morning. For early morning birding, look for edge habitat that is sunlit; these areas are warmer, drier, and usually have plenty of insect activity. Continue reading The Sunlit Edge
By late summer / early fall, some adult Yellow-bellied Flycatchers may appear grayish white below…a far cry from their deep and bright early-spring finery; most of their fall molt is completed after their arrival in the wintering grounds. Continue reading Least & Yellow-bellied Flycatcher ID: autumn birds
This fall, I have embarked on a migration monitoring project in the west end of Ottawa. I visit NCC Shirleys Bay Waterfront Trail several times per week. I have enjoyed seeing “fresh batch” migrant arrivals, increasing and decreasing species abundance; changes to species richness; influxes of specific age groups, etc. Continue reading Least Flycatcher ID…not so straightforward?