Oh, there are some warblers around. They trickle through but the majority are likely still to our north, backing up. Trouble is, there is no real break in the weather for a couple more weeks.
On September 10th I ventured out late in the afternoon, early evening really, just to see what I could find. I chose Ezzell Farm off Matthews-Mint Hill Road near Mint Hill. It’s old pastureland with a community garden, old cow pond, hedgerows, and a full view of open sky.
An Eastern meadowlark flushed from the tall grass, and a small flock of blue grosbeaks nervously fed in a stand of wingstem at the field edge. These fields can hold up to 70-80 Eastern bluebirds after fall fronts, today there were just a handful.
The planted zinnias in the garden, so attractive to butterflies two months ago, are now attracting good numbers of American goldfinches that relish the seeds.
A stand of large mature oaks hosted a feeding flock of Carolina chickadees and tufted titmice, but no migrant warbler hangers-on.
It was an enjoyable if not exciting stroll. I won’t expect too much excitement until some new air gets in here.