"Life is what happens when you've made other plans."
So many birds, my friends, and I'm still catching up. Finally, I can share the highlights from the first full week of May!
Both of the first two birds are Orange-crowned Warblers. A first spring female is duller blue-gray and the adult has more yellow plumage
Yellow Warblers are next, male and female.
A female Northern Parula found a tidbit on the waning bluebells.
These photos are of Pine Warblers. The first two photos are of a female, still in late winter/first spring plumage. I had never seen this plumage before and the bird didn't sit still long! The last image is a male, taken last year.
The Palm Warbler in the first image was soon joined by the Northern Parula and a Yellow-rumped Warbler.
An interesting thing about this spring is that males have been heard, some seen but they have been in a hurry to get to the breeding grounds since they got a late start. As a result, I haven't photographed as many of the males as usual.
Next is a female Golden-winged Warbler followed by a Blackpoll in the swampy puddle, and a Black-throated Green Warbler near the bubbler.
A female Blue-winged Warbler visited the bubbler often. A Wilson's Warbler and a female Black-and-white Warbler were also seen several days.
A Common Yellowthroat spent quite a bit of time in hiding, but it got more comfortable the longer it stayed around. More images next time.
An American Redstart is often challenging to photograph because it's so dark. It was joined in a splash fest at the bubbler with the female Blue-winged and three Tennessee Warblers.
Scarlet Tanagers are so striking! The male is bright red, the female more yellow-green with darkish wings.
Another plumage I had not seen before was this red morph female Summer Tanager in the first image, brownish with patches of red feathering. Typical females are orangey-yellow, like the female from 4-30-21. The young males remind me of Neapolitan sherbet! The plumage transitions to the deep orangey-red of the adult male in the last of this series.
Orioles! Baltimore male and female are in the first two images, then a female Orchard Oriole is in the third photo.
This is the only image I managed to get of a Wood Thrush. I heard the lovely singer several days. More thrushes will be shown next time.
We all need a little cool relief on days like today!
Stay well in this heat, we wait for a significant front to move out the unhealthy air mass!
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