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Friday, February 17, 2012

Yellow-rumped Warbler

It's always a red-letter day for me when I can identify a species of bird that is new to me so I am happy to share with you these photos of a Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata). I saw at least a half-dozen of these out at Swan Lake the other day. It was a good day for birding though not for photography since most of the birds I saw were too distant to photograph well. They included Bald Eagles (a pair), a hawk (I don't know what kind it was), Red-winged Blackbirds (tuning up their rich whistles for the spring mating season), Spotted Towhees, wrens and sparrows, ducks and geese and several other small birds I couldn't identify.


s.c said...

Beautiful bird, thanks for showing

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Very sweet little bird, well shown.

JoJo said...

Very pretty birds! Spring's coming!

Mike Laplante said...

I live a block from the lake so our feeders get lots of relatively 'exotic' birds that I've periodically featured in my own blog.

Re: eagles. About a month ago we were witness to one of those 'can't look away' situations when an eagle grabbed a seagull out of the air and proceeded to pluck it and eat it in a neighbour's tree while it was still flopping about.

Re: songbirds. A lot of songbirds around Swan Lake are being decimated by domestic cats. A couple of years ago the TC reported that one species of ground bird in the area had been hunted out of existence.

Nature has a way of getting even though -- we also have a lot of missing cat posters in our neighbourhood and I suspect more than a few have wound up as a meal for the big eagles that fly over the lake.

Dean Lewis said...

The top shot really demonstrates how the background bokah produces a 3-D effect.