White-throated sparrows, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, ruby-crowned kinglets, and yellow-rumped warblers confirmed the switch was on at Chantilly. Birders usually associate the arrival of the yellow-rumpeds with the end of the neoptropical migration that started in August. They haven’t
At McAlpine Park, the first incoming waterfowl, two blue-winged teal mixed in with the resident mallards.
The winter arrivals may take a while to move to the backyard feeders this year. Reports are there is even more natural food to be found than in a normal year. It’s been a good year for tree and shrub fruits; and fall blooming wildflowers have performed well too. Don’t worry, your favorite feeder birds will be back by end of December.