Category Archives: Songbirds

Female American Redstart

Redstarts are part of the fall warbler migration through South Carolina and this is the first year I’ve gotten more than a glimpse of one of these speedy songbirds.

Female American Redstart

This one landed right in front of me when I was standing on a short bridge over a pond outlet late one recent afternoon. She then dropped to the ground so that I was looking down on her at the water level.

Female American Redstart

She proceeded to splash around in the water which was in the dark shade of the bridge, flashing her colored tail feathers.

Female American Redstart

Juvenile Common Yellowthroat

I saw movement but it took my eyes a few minutes to spot this little songbird staring back at me.

Juvenile Common Yellowthroat
Juvenile Common Yellowthroat

The Merlin Bird ID app tells me this is a Common Yellowthroat, to my eye looking a whole lot like many other young or female warblers.

Juvenile Common Yellowthroat
Juvenile Common Yellowthroat

He was on the hunt, jumping from branch to branch, checking behind these waxy leaves for bugs or worms.

Juvenile Common Yellowthroat
Juvenile Common Yellowthroat

I got a quick full body peek while he contemplated his next move, which was to zoom into the heights of this tree.

Juvenile Common Yellowthroat
Juvenile Common Yellowthroat

White-eyed Vireo with Worm

White-eyed Vireos are a fast, elusive song bird.

White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo

This one was intent on food. He picked a worm off a leaf and flew down to an open branch to eat it.

White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo

But first he beat it a few times.

White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo

I’ve seen song birds gather a stack of worms or insects  in their beak and thought he might be rendering this one ready for a flight to a nest.

White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo

No, this one was for him.

White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo

One gulp and it was gone.

White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo

Prothonotary Warbler Checking On Nest

This Prothonotary Warbler’s nest is in that cavity, and the parent spent several minutes poking his head in, like he was moving something around.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

I did not see if he brought something on this trip to the nest, like he did when I spotted the parent two days before: Prothonotary Warbler Bringing Food Home

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

The hole is about my eye level and I did see one chick beak when I passed by.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

The parent did fly off with a fecal sac, something I hadn’t seen up close before.

Prothonotary Warbler With Fecal Sack
Prothonotary Warbler With Fecal Sac

Prothonotary Warbler Bringing Food Home

Sitting just off the trail this Prothonotary Warbler was perched, but not singing, which is a common behavior. I didn’t notice at first that his beak was stuffed with lunch.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

Not for himself, but he was taking this meal to his nest.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

He quickly stuck his head in…

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

then flew off for another serving.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

I didn’t hear any chicks so suspect he was feeding his brooding mate.

Male Painted Bunting Overhead

A Painted Bunting entertained us with a cheery song from a perch above our heads on Friday. These are not great images but the bird’s colors are pretty amazing.

Male Painted Bunting Overhead
Male Painted Bunting Overhead

If he was trying to attract a mate there weren’t any takers and after about five minutes he went on his way.

Male Painted Bunting Overhead
Male Painted Bunting Overhead

For a better look at a Bunting’s colors see my post from a couple weeks ago:  Male Painted Bunting, Two Views