I love fall migration. It goes on for so long as birds take their time, enjoying themselves on the way to their wintering grounds. It is quite different from the mad dash these birds are on in spring to make it breeding grounds to set up territories and rear young. Also, a lot of the weirder birds show up during the fall. Chicago has already had Sandwich Tern and Black-throated Gray Warbler! Michigan is proudly sporting a Magnificent Frigatebird (or Frigginbird) as of yesterday! Crazy. But in honor of fall migration, I have chosen one of the more dirt common birds. His familiar "chip" will stick around later than most and for some in the South, he's a regular to the suet feeder.
The Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
Also, as many people continue to tell me how much they hate fall because of the drab warblers, here is a fall warbler quiz. I took shot this bird this morning around the neighborhood.
Go eat some apples and drink some cider!