The details of life are exquisite!
This is our 21st spring here and as of today, I have documented 105 species of birds for the year. This includes 26 warbler species and 77 species at the Bubbler. For a slow start to migration, it has been truly remarkable with 12-14 warbler species here each day. I have been burning the candle at both ends to photograph, go through hundreds and upload the best photos. From those, here are my favorites of the past week.
First are Blackpoll Warblers, male and female. Note those diagnostic orangey legs!
Wilson's Warblers wear their little black caps.
The "Firethroat" or Blackburnian Warbler is next. Male is in photos 1 and 2, and a female in photo 3. The female even has a hint of a fiery throat.
Black-and-white Warblers were here, male and female which happened to be photographed on the same day. The male has the black throat.
Chestnut-sided Warblers, with a male in photo 1 and a female on the Bubbler rock in the next. A Tennessee Warbler grabbed a snack next to the female in photo 3.
A Black-throated Green Warbler enjoyed a bath in the basin.
A lovely Yellow Warbler was seen two days in a row.
A female Common Yellowthroat came to the Bubbler several days. We both saw the male, but it did not come in closer this year.
Singing Canada Warblers were here on Mother's Day. This was the first time I had photographed two males! Bird #1 is nicely marked in photos 1 and 2, but does not wear as heavy a "necklace" as Bird #2 in photos 3 and 4.
I was very pleasantly surprised to see another Bay-breasted Warbler come in on the same day. Some years I see them, but don't have a chance to catch any photos.
Magnolia Warblers have been very cooperative this year, some years they stay more hidden. They are gorgeous birds, the female is in photo 3.
All in all, between the weather and dry conditions, the birds have been tumbling in and seemed glad to find food, water and a place to rest! If ever there was a year to share nature's bounty of warblers, this has been the one!
For all the photos since the last post, start here: Photos since 5-8-18