Best Fall bird migration ever. My friend Paul was a week long guest from British Columbia, joined at week's end by Carolee. Paul and I photographed 21 species of Warblers in our garden over the week, and drank a LOT of cans of craft beer, splitting each can between us, but still potentially affecting some of the end of the day photos.
This gives Lorna and me 29 life count Warbler species I.D.'d in our 30 years in Oakwood. Splitting (or not splitting?) hairs, my friend Brian (aka Brain) will not concede our hybrid Lawrence's Warbler as a count species, so we are now tied with him for the yard total of 28 Warbler species (possibly high statewide?). As he and Jutta have left Minnesota for a permanent RV and winter Texan lifestyle, I only need one more Warbler to be able to retire, hang up the bins, and lay down in the garden dirt undefeated - not that it is a competition. An afterthought, if that Lawrence's had shown up in Brian's yard, he damned straight would have counted it.
The next bird is going to be tough. To get to 28, Brian had the 5th Black-throated Gray Warbler ever sighted in Minnesota. For us, we had the first Townsend's Warbler ever photographed in the state (avoiding western forest-fire smoke?). Brian, now Coach Brian, feels that our next best hope is a Prothonotary Warbler: so when Spring comes we will be glue-eyed to the trees and water seeking one very bright yellow Warbler.
Yeah, yeah, I know, I'll post more photos eventually; if only because it is a convenient way to retrieve migration bird dates.
Y'all be well - Gunnar