Hummingbird has been removed.
The official start to fall migration began this morning with a beautiful ASY male Black-and-White Warbler. He had no visible fat and I found him on a south face to the building but approaching mid-August it’s difficult to imagine him as a local disperser rather than a fall migrant. Here’s the odd place he showed up:
I noticed him from some distance away. I was thinking this morning how even an errant leaf catches my eye. My detection rate is lower than 100%, but not by much.
Birders not used to seeing Black-and-Whites in the fall can be distracted by the white throats of adult males and misidentify a bird like this as female. The one character that only the adult males possess in all plumages is, however, evident on this guy: black auriculars (“cheek patch”).
Hummingbird still there.
The Northern Mockingbird is still there but is now pretty degraded. I’ll consider today to be its last day in evidence as it no longer peaks above the height of the grass in which it is lying.