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Palm Warbler, Curious

A Palm Warbler was doing his thing in the lower vegetation at the side of a swamp.

Palm Warbler
Palm Warbler

As you may know, warblers of all sorts are speedy and are mostly photographed exiting the spot you noticed him. Fortunately for me, this one’s curiosity slowed him down.

Palm Warbler
Palm Warbler

Then he gave me a jaunty pose.

Palm Warbler
Palm Warbler

He heard something, gave it another look, then dove into the underbrush.

Palm Warbler
Palm Warbler

ID by Cornell Lab’s Merlin App

Magnolia’s Audubon Swamp, Charleston, SC
October 18, 2021

Yellow-rumped Warbler On The Hunt

A very busy Yellow-rumped Warbler was zipping back and forth over the edge of a small pond.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

He found small twigs to perch on between forays.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

And then totally surprised me by landing in the water, which is much deeper than just to his ankles.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

The carpet of vegetation, or perhaps a stick under the surface, was enough to hold up his  0.4-0.5 ounce (12-13 g) body while he poked in the water.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

He got his treasure and skedaddled showing off his name-sake rump.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

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

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

Northern Parula

This small warbler caught my eye as I walked a path through a wooded area. He flitted along ahead of me, in and out of the sun patches, finally pausing in a fairly open spot for a few images.

Northern Parula
Northern Parula

I had to look him up for ID and found that it is a Northern Parula, which are known for spending their time in the tree canopy, not down close to the ground. When he left this spot he did fly up and I didn’t get another good view of him.

Northern Parula
Northern Parula

Palm Warbler

I had been watching some small birds flit in and out of the underbrush at the side of the road. The sun had just come up and they were hunting for breakfast in the lowest, darkest parts of the vegetation. This Palm Warbler finally took a break in the sun on a reed frond.

Palm Warbler
Palm Warbler

I was able to get a few steps closer and get a few images at a different angle before he went back to foraging.

Palm Warbler
Palm Warbler