The Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea) singing against the gray sky glare.
There was a lot of bird song around, but not many birds to be seen. American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla), Hooded Warbler (Wilsonia citrina) and Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) were fairly plentiful. I also saw one each Chestnut-sided Warbler (Dendroica pensylvanica) and Magnolia Warbler (Dendroica magnolia). Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens), another bird Embury Road is reliable for, were present. At one point, I heard singing that I wanted to be Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum). The bird had been posted from this location earlier in migration. In the end, I decided that the "song" was not right for worm-eating and since I never did see the bird, I wrote it off as a chipper. The thing is, the song was not quite right for Chipping Sparrow either. Worm-eating is one of my favorite warblers, especially now as I get to see it so rarely in this part of the country. C'est la vie.
I was fortunate to get this one, not very good, shot of a calling Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus).
I shouldn't think of Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) as autumn and winter birds, but I do. There were a couple of flocks present on Embury Road yesterday. This photo was taken in the marshy area where about five birds dined among these scrubby bushes.
Of note, I did not see or even hear one Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons) yesterday. I'm still missing this bird for the year. I am always surprised that I do not also find Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum) here. Still, a great place to bird, Embury Road is.