YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERI came across two "strangers" during my latest visit to Magnolia Cemetery. I say strangers because I hadn't seen these two species before. I took some pictures of them and later at home was thrilled to discover their identities using a couple of my bird books.
I was glad to get a photo that clearly shows the yellow rump of the Yellow-Rumped Warbler!
KILLDEERI came across another striking but unfamiliar bird during this same outing. It looked like the type of bird that frequents our local beaches but what was it doing so far inland? This time of year (December) you expect to see some visitors due to migratation. But we've also had some very cold weather in recent weeks, so maybe some local birds are confused and not sure where they should be now.
In the Plover family, the Killdeer is recognizable for the pair of dark bands around its neck area. Its very large eyes stand out too.
The unusual name- Killdeer- comes from the bird's call that sounds like "kill- dee" or "kill-deer"- go to What Bird.com, play its call, and see if you agree! http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/101/_/Killdeer.aspx