September and October are premier months for vagrants. These are birds that have strayed from their expected migration paths. Birders tend to get excited about unusual sightings, especially ones from the wood-warbler family. Keep your eyes open for the following types of warblers; Canada, Prothonotary, Black-and-white, Blackburnian, and Chestnut-sided. Also look for American Redstarts and maybe even a Painted Bunting or two. Many others are possible.
They tend to drop down and pile up along the coast as they try to figure out their strategy for tackling the “big water” (Pacific Ocean).
Local parks to investigate include; El Dorado, Gum Grove, Huntington Central, DeForest, Monte Verde, Mile Square, and Mason Regional. Check our events calendar.
Photo of a Black-and-white Warbler by Kim Moore.