Category Archives: Songbirds

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat Warblers, either female or immature, but still looking pretty snazzy, entertained me as they flitted in and out of some marsh grass and cattails.

Common Yellowthroat
Common Yellowthroat

There were at least two, and may have been more; it was hard to tell as they zipped in and out of the underbrush.

Common Yellowthroat
Common Yellowthroat

Most of the time they were down in the thicker clumps, but did give me a few clearer views.

Common Yellowthroat
Common Yellowthroat

White-eyed Vireo

White-eyed Vireos are small {0.3-0.5 oz (10-14 g)} song birds that are usually difficult to spot due to their preferred habitat of thickets and scrubby trees. I could hear this one singing just in front of me on a narrow path and was surprised to see him on an open branch.

White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo

And when he flew I could still see him!

White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo

Although White-eyed Vireo was my first thought, I used the Merlin Bird ID app to verify the ID.

Female Red-winged Blackbird

This branch is part of a dead tree that has fallen over the edge of a pond. Various birds find it a great place to survey the area, including this female Red-winged Blackbird.

Female Red-winged Blackbird
Female Red-winged Blackbird

In wondered if it was a juvenile as she was having trouble keeping her balance.

Female Red-winged Blackbird
Female Red-winged Blackbird

And fluffed up a bit like a young bird does.

Female Red-winged Blackbird
Female Red-winged Blackbird

Then she announced to the world she had a grip and immediately flew off.

Female Red-winged Blackbird
Female Red-winged Blackbird

Prothonotary Warbler on Knee

I returned to Beidler Forrest one morning this week hoping for another opportunity to see a Prothonotary Warbler or two. I did hear a few high in the tree tops but mostly they eluded me. The promised sun did not materialize, keeping the forest dark.

I did capture this one as it was returning to its nest, which the center staff pointed me to. The nest is down inside that Cypress knee. After a moment the adult dropped into the nest and stayed put for at least the next twenty minutes, likely laying on eggs.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

May 7, 2019.

Prothonotary Warbler in the Forest

The Prothonotary Warblers have returned to my area. Often you hear them before seeing them, even with this brilliant yellow.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

These images were taken at Beidler Forest which has many of the features these warblers like: tree cavities for nesting, damp forest floor, dense undergrowth and both standing and slow moving water.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

As I was leaving for the day one final Prothonotary Warbler crossed my path and perched on an open, if dimly lit, branch for a few moments.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler