Category Archives: Songbirds

Yellow-rumped Warbler 2

The Yellow-rumped Warblers are elusive, raise the camera and zip, they are gone. Like most photographers of small birds I have plenty of shots of their “butter butts” disappearing into the underbrush.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

On occasion they land in a twig free zone, and may even flip directions in the same spot, providing multiple views.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

This one was a little puffed up to meet the cold of the day.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Bluebird Working Hard on a Snow Day

Most of the local birds had never seen snow. The birds have to work extra hard to keep fed now that the ground is covered and this Bluebird was having a tough time of it.

Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird

The snow had fallen off the limbs leaving these seeds exposed, which was a good start.

Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird

The chosen seed, however, just wouldn’t let go of its branch.

Eastern Bluebird
Bluebird

Sproing…and the seed was right back where it started. After a couple more tries the bird won.

Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird

Ted and I thought we left the snow and cold in New England. Not so. Yesterday was the third snowiest day on record in Charleston, SC  with just over 5 inches measured at the airport.  We had closer to 6 inches at our house.  Not much melted today and we are still being asked to stay at home by the authorities who are stretched to their limit. The really bad part is the cold, with prolonged temps below 20 F (-6 C) we are at risk for frozen pipes as our houses just weren’t built for this.

I suspect that the Bluebirds don’t like it either, but they are a day brightener!

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Pine Warbler

This is another bird that flew in right over my head while I was watching the Great Blue Herons work on their nests. I’m pretty sure it is a Pine Warbler, but there are a number of similar yellow warblers making my ID iffy.

Pine WarblerPine Warbler

He landed on a strand of hanging Spanish Moss and gave it a couple of pokes.

Pine Warbler
Pine Warbler

Not finding anything, he flitted a little further from me,

Pine Warbler
Pine Warbler

My view wasn’t as good but he treated me to an acrobatic display.

Pine Warbler
Pine Warbler

Eastern Phoebes Around the Ponds

I’ve seen Eastern Phoebes around several of the marsh and pond areas in the last few weeks. With the leaves off many of the trees they are a little easier to spot.

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe

I also watched some acrobatic flights and hovering over the water that I wasn’t prepared for. Now that I’ve seen it I might be able to photograph it given another opportunity.

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe

They don’t stay in one place long but this one found the perfect stick close to the water with a nice reflection from the nearby trees.

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe

Secretive Sparrow

Secretive is a word that Cornell Lab’s AllAboutBirds uses to describe the behavior of many sparrows. The song birds often keep a layer of branches or undergrowth between them and a would be photographer.

Marsh Sparrow
Sparrow

Secretive as he was, zipping in and out of the reeds at the edge of the path along the edge of the old rice field, I did get a few good shots.

Marsh Sparrow
Marsh Sparrow

The yellow around his eye points to a Savannah Sparrow or a Swamp Sparrow. Or it could be one of the 30 other Sparrow variations listed on their website. On the Song Sparrow listing they say:

Don’t let the bewildering variety of regional differences this bird shows across North America deter you…

I am deterred from proper identification but not the photograph.

Marsh Sparrow
Marsh Sparrow

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