There has been an increase lately of young birds in the garden as the fall migration gradually starts. We have already mentioned Eastern Phoebe and Eastern Wood-Pewee, there are of course plenty of young Cardinals and Chickadees and Downy Woodpeckers, Juvenile American Robins are starting to flop around the pool and the shrubs and the teenage Blue Jays seem to be constantly hurling abuse and commentary at the world. There is a Great-crested Flycatcher or two dropping by from time to time … it’s all those bugs we cultivate. Several days we have had American Redstarts visiting and one or two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are almost constantly sipping nectar from the bright red canna lily flowers we have dotted around the place (hint – don’t bother with plastic sugar-water feeders, just grown some cannas if you want Hummingbirds to visit).

This afternoon this first year male Rose-breasted Grosbeak checked out the rowan tree and its huge crop of berries.

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