Saturday, January 5, 2019

A Conifer's Jewel

Original Oil on Panel - 4 x 4 inches

I’ve never birded specifically for warblers, but warbler sighting is rewarding. And when you start hearing yourself saying, “Oh, it’s just a butterbutt” (common Yellow-rumped Warbler), you’re well on your way to recognizing other warblers. My first Black-throated Green Warbler was spotted last June. It was a male high up in a tree, preening and singing loudly. Because I didn’t recognize his song, I dropped everything to sleuth out its identification. Last fall, more of these warblers came through at the end of August, including this female. She was fairly low in a spruce tree with others that were nabbing bugs in the grass before flying back up to the branches.

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you are enjoying the birds in your neighborhood.


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