Birds I'm Watching: Warblers, Vireos, and Turkeys (September 18, 2012)
It's September. Migrants are passing through our area, heading south for the winter. The stream of migrants brings us many small and colorful birds, warblers among them, that delight local bird watchers--and with good reason; these are delicate, pretty birds we rarely get to see, except at this time of year. This week the local birding community has been abuzz in particular because of the discovery at Spring Lake of a Yellow-throated Vireo, a bird never before recorded in Sonoma County (photo above). I saw the bird on Sunday. I went to look for it again today, but missed it in the late afternoon. Others saw it this morning. I'll try again tomorrow. On the way home, I came across a group of Wild Turkeys. What a contrast. Splendid in their own way--but certainly not delicate.