Post by murraybrown on Aug 20, 2007 13:07:55 GMT -8
My morning walk today found me along the banks of Maria Slough. Among the many expected song birds were a couple of surprises. The first one that caught my eye was the bright green back and white undertail coverts of an adult male Tennessee Warbler. He was in the company of two species of Vireo and at least three species of Warbler. Not far away was an immature Grey Catbird, skulking in the branches of a Red Osier Dogwood. I managed to get a couple of definitive images of the GRCA but the warbler was too fast! I don't think I have ever seen more Vireo's at one time than this morning. The location is along the dyke where Cuthbert Rd. crosses, and from there downstream to where it flows into the Fraser. Migration is definitely underway! Murray Brown, Agassiz
Nice find Murray! That area is a great birdy place. I used to fish where the slough empties into the Fraser in the late fall and winter. However, I never got out there to bird it in the summer even though it looked promising.
Do you think that catbird was moving through? Just curious if you've birded the area much this summer to see if they bred there or not. Great record!
The Tennessee warbler is also great! Well done! I know what you mean on getting a picture. I took about 20 shots of the redstart I saw on Sunday. Most were, where the bird was still in the frame that is, was just a blur!
Hoping to get out tomorrow morning.
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)