August 28, 2007 [LINK / comment]

Nighthawks head south

Before and during the baseball game in Lynchburg yesterday evening, I saw several Common nighthawks swooping around the stadium lights. It was the first time I have seen them this season, or indeed this year. Yesterday morning I stopped for a few minutes along the Rockfish River, and saw:

Other birders from this area are reporting that fall warblers are beginning to move through, and I hope to join an Augusta Bird Club field trip in the Blue Ridge on Saturday.

Young male hummer

We continue to get many visits from hummingbirds every day, and often two are squabbling over access to the feeder. A couple days ago I managed to get a closeup photo of one of them, although with mediocre lighting, and noticed from the streaks in his throat that it was a juvenile male. It's "just a phase" they go through. It is the adult males that give the Ruby-throated hummingbirds their species name.

Hummingbird juv. male