The flash of yellow let me know this might be a Northern Parula as he flitted in the Spanish Moss above my head. Yes, it was.
I stood still and he finally paused for just a moment before zipping down the trail.
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
May 15, 2020
I think these two views of a Male Painted Bunting are two different birds. Both paused in the sun on some pretty grasses.
I was surprised to see one land near me and then a second one landed very close to the first, alas not to be captured together.
An Eastern Bluebird watching me go by.
Yellow-rumped Warbler, a small bird that is easy to identify using his name, also known as “butter butt.”
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.
There were at least two, and may have been more; it was hard to tell as they zipped in and out of the underbrush.
Most of the time they were down in the thicker clumps, but did give me a few clearer views.
The late afternoon light was just right on this Black-and-white Warbler as he worked his way along a tree line.
An industrious hunter, he went round and round the trees, occasionally nabbing a small snack.
He occasionally paused for a look around.
Hunting upside down was no problem.
I usually see Phoebes down close to the water or ground scouting for insects but this one decided a tree top was a better spot for a few minutes.
The Phoebe was perched in one of these trees that line a path on a dike between two ponds.
The Carolina Wren is one of those spunky little birds that always makes me smile.
This one was flying ahead of me on a wooded part of the trail, with the sun about gone for the day.
One last peek over his shoulder and he zipped off over the pond.
Greetings from a Gold Finch on the last official day of summer.
The male Painted Bunting lives up to his name with colorful patches of blue, yellow and red. This one was enjoying a snack of some kind of grass seeds in an overgrown area at the edge of a lawn.
Distinctly different than the green-brown Female Painted Bunting that I featured last month, they are a treat to see, if only for a moment.