Business first, I guess. SLB, I too am more-or-less indifferent about the public/private site issue. I am all for internet privacy, myself, so if that is what you would like to do, go for it. 🙂
So… migration… there are definitely warblers coming through! I actually had a Yellow-throated Warbler flit through the yard last week! Also, at the wildlife hospital, we had a warbler and an Ovenbird in last week. I hope they are doing well, but we’ll see tomorrow I suppose. I am guessing all this wind we have had over here has had something to do with that.
Jo, the photos were spectacular! As much as I adore the Puffins, that first Northern Gannet photo really struck me; beautifully artistic! All of the photos were great though, and so cool to see the young Gannet and the Puffin next to its own burrow. I love SLB’s fudge sundae simile to describe the experience… I will have to remember that. 😀 I love the Boreal Chickadee photo too… adorable little bird, that is!
SLB, don’t worry… I’m shy on the hummingbirds over here too. 😕 I have only ever seen one come through the yard. I don’t keep a feeder up (although I did vow to start once school was done), but I did plant a garden full of flowers (like those below) near the windows so that I can see them should they show up.
DaLo, like SLB mentioned, I was surprised to find that there are Scrub Jays that far west. That’s awesome though!! I just love Scrub Jays. I have two areas over here that they are usually a sure bet at: Micco Scrub Sanctuary and St. Sebastian River State Park.
I have a question for you about one of the British birds: The Sparrowhawk. I was recently watching the miniseries “The Secret Life of Birds” which features the birds of Wales. That was the first time that I had heard of a Sparrowhawk (just prior to seeing the lovely picture you snapped while overseas). Before the host said its name, I automatically assumed it was a Sharp-shinned or Cooper’s… they look very similar and they certainly seem to hunt the same way. Do you know anything about their relationship to our Accipiters? Is it a matter of reference (like the hawks being referred to as buzzards), or are they actually different species completely?
Well I managed to add two lifers to my list yesterday… without even going birding! I have been trying to get my life list organized. Last year, working on school work, I was doing a lot of “birding on the run”… snap photos, ID later, that sort of thing. I am just now finally getting caught up. Going through last October’s folder, I found that I had a hiding Ovenbird in one shot (with what I believe to be an American Redstart… months before I officially logged the species), and a couple Magnolia Warblers. I also had photos of none other than that elusive Yellow-throated Warbler that I did not think I had been able to capture “on film” until recently. When it rains, it pours, I suppose. And I have photos of an un-IDed Empid to post over on WBIT, so I may be able to add another lifer! It’s like Christmastime!! 😀