Date: Tue, 1 Dec 2009 12:50:55 -0800
Reply-To: Gene Koziara <gene.koziara@YAHOO.COM>
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From: Gene Koziara <gene.koziara@YAHOO.COM>
Subject: Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta. Nathan releases a new warbler.
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December 1st!!! Sunny but chilly morning but a day off from work. What better way to spend the morning then photographing December warblers at COP. Jokingly I remarked last week, "I wonder what new warbler Nathan will release next week?" Not to be disappointed, Nathan showed up on his lunch break to do his "power birding" and thought he had a black-throated green. Heather, Nathan, and I spent the rest of the hour looking for it to confirm the ID. Nathan spotted it and I was able to get diagnostic photos. See link to today's photos below.
I also caught 2 Tennessees frolicking in the water. These warblers are having some fun at the Park. With the Nashville showing up in the last week and now a black-throated green I have a theory I would like those more knowledgable then me to comment on and I am sure most everyone would be interested in the answers. It seems to me that some how these new arrivals know there are warblers and suitable habitat as they fly over on their migration south. Do they hear the warblers on the ground at night, or in some other way sense their presence? I don't think this is just chance alone. I do think these warblers once in the Park are challenged to follow the normal cues to continue their migration. As long as there is food they will stay.
The warbler species seen today by me are the same as Giff and Nathan reported Sunday but the Magnolia and Ovenbird weren't see today by me.
I am sure Nathan will post his list later.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/genekdr/sets/72157622803070110/ ... Again hover with mouse over pictures interested in and click to see larger. Today's photos should be top left.
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