This was a wonderful morning. I joined the Orange Audubon Society's birdwalk at Mead Gardens, and the weather was just spectacular. It wasn't hot, and it was sunny, and there were a fair number of birds to see. My biggest hope this morning was to photograph a Bay-breasted Warbler. We did find and photograph one, which made my day, but we also found 9 other warbler species: Black-and-white Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, and Yellow-throated Warbler.
I've been giving myself an education on how to distinguish Pine Warblers from fall Bay-breasted Warblers. You can see some similarities in the above photos, but immature Pine Warblers are far less yellow, making them more similar. I don't see color perfectly, so I need to find other ways to distinguish them. These photos illustrate three helpful clues: the Bay-breasted Warbler has a shorter tail and overall a chunkier appearance than the Pine Warbler, as well as streaking on the back.
I love that shot of the Bay-breasted, Scott - I really do, mostly for the endearing way it's nestled in the foilage but we can still see it well. Very nice.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Ron. I rarely get keepers like that on my first time seeing and photographing a bird. This one was so cooperative for a few seconds, and thankfully my camera was already ready for the shot.ReplyDelete