Sunday, May 30, 2010

American Wood Warblers - Photo Gallery 3

This third American Wood Warbler (Family Parulidae) Photo Gallery is possible because I was able to spend several long mornings this past week looking for and, in some cases, photographing these jewels.

The Prairie Warbler was found singing on territory along Old Ferry Road in Brattleboro. During the field work for the Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas (2003-2007), this species was not even recorded in Windham County ...

Several common warblers have refused to allow me a decent photograph - Black-and-White Warbler, and male Yellow-rumped Warbler have been elusive. Likewise, the Magnolia Warbler. This gentleman was unusual when he sang on an open branch, but he was high in the canopy, a virtual yellow spot before cropping the photo ...


In a remote portion of the Green Mountain NF, several Canada Warblers were singing around the tangles of a beaver pond. On my second visit to the area, one finally came into the open briefly ...

A previous gallery included a first year female Black-throated Green Warbler photographed in September, ‘08. The male has generally remained only fleetingly visible. This male came to some lower branches to feed between songs, and provided a rare glimpse of the “green” in his name ...

Not to slight the distaff side, this female Black-throated Green Warbler was much more curious about my presence and inspected me at length ...


The male wood warblers typically have the brightest colors and the boldest patterns. The females are often dull and inconspicuous, a defense for the protection of self and young. An earlier post included the male Black-throated Blue Warbler. His companion is a dull colored little bird. Walking a narrow trail on the south end of Grout Pond, I may have been close to where this female was building a nest. She flew low across the trail and stayed surprisingly close as she moved in the understory and waited impatiently for me to leave ...



Two photos of the black-masked rogue of the thicket were posted earlier. Here is the often overlooked female Common Yellowthroat ...



... and then there was everything else. More soon.

5 comments:

Wilma said...

This is a great follow-up to yesterday's "Good Birding" post, Chris. All the photographs are excellent, but I particularly like he first one.

cheers,
Wilma

PS - the word to verify was "grandly", very appropriate for this grandly illustrated post!

Hilke Breder said...

Chris, I checked out the Prairie warbler on Old Ferry Rd on Friday; I heard it very briefly between the din from the adjacent tire place but never got to see it. No luck on Saturday. Beautiful pictures! It takes a lot of skill - and patience.

Debbie Miller @HooootOwl said...

All wonderful captures. Would love to see a Prairie warbler ... so beautiful. I have enjoyed views of a few lifers this season. One you posted today, the Canadian Warbler.... just love migration time!

jen said...

Great pictures! I'm still new to warblers and I'm having the worst time getting good pictures of them.. You've got some skills!

Hilke Breder said...

Chris, I went out again to look for the Prairie Warbler - could hear it singing in the trees but as hard as I looked I could not find it. Your picture is fabulous!

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