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Old Thursday 29th October 2015, 00:32   #1
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Winter birds arriving

My memories of the summer birding season are certainly highlighted by a pelagic trip out of Hatteras, NC, that Liz and I took with Brian Patteson. Shearwaters and Storm-Petrels, oh boy! Good stuff; lots of new birds and oh so different from our usual fare.

At this date, autumn seems to be lingering as it often does here in western NC. Most of the migrants are gone, the warblers, vireos, flycatchers and others. It was not a spectacular season, as migration seasons go. Some odd weather patterns kept numbers and variety down here in our yard. Elsewhere in the mountains, the word spotty was used often. Still, it's the best season in our area for variety of species; there will be no complaining!

Most of the winter birds just coming in. We're still waiting for the first Dark-eyed Junco but the mild weather must be keeping them at higher elevations. The first spell of nasty, cold weather will likely have them at the millet we throw on the ground. Firewood split and dried, chimney cleaned, we're ready - bring on the snowbirds!

First, a few photos of migrants from this autumn.

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A few of the new arrivals that will be with us most of the winter.

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