Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Things Were Hoppin' at Magee!...part two...of many...

 A cute little Palm Warbly with that waggly tail...

So...where was I? Oh, still at Magee Marsh for the Biggest Week fest...duh...

I heard a few people complaining about the chilly and rainy weather that was coming on and off. Silly humans. They don't realize that when it's windy and drizzly the insects are hiding lower in the trees and scrub to stay warm and dry...and those clever warblies know that all too well! Bad weather at Magee means birds are at eye level and posing nicely!

So kids, our lesson for today is: GET OUT THERE NO MATTER WHAT! Thanks you, class dismissed....after you look at the photos...

 I watched this male Prothonotary Warbly working on his nest hole in a nearby tree.
More warblies soon!
There was a younger man with a camera looking at this very same bird and telling everyone it was a Yellow Warbler. I tried to correct him, but he was perfect in every way and "knew his birds better than me." As he walked away, I told a few of the newer birders that were listening that it was, indeed, a Prothonotary and showed them the difference with a nearby by Yellow Warbly. 
I'm not all-knowing, but I know my warblies!

 This male Red-bellied Woodpecker was working on his nest as well.

 We saw a few Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, all at a bit of a distance.

 Year round residents, I still love those chipper Song Sparrows and their happy songs.

 A Sora was spotted along the boardwalk...with a large crowd of humans as well.
All I could make out from my angle was the shadow on the water.
I decided to leave the crowd because I could see the Sora was walking away...about ten feet down I stood alone and waited while everyone else was frozen in place trying to crane their necks to get a view.

 Yep. It came out right near my spot and I was all alone to get a few shots before I told everyone there was a clear view by me.
Then the hoards charged in...and I left smiling...

This is one of those confusing ones. I only had a couple of photos, but I am sure it's a Tennessee Warbly. Sometimes they don't like to pose very long.
Gotta eat them buggies and head for Canada!

 Speaking of confusing.
Thrushes make my brain itch.
This may be a Gray-cheeked Thrush...or not.

 I have dozens of photos of Thrushes and no one nearby to compare ideas with...
Color blindness can be an issue at times...
Maybe a Hermit...any ideas out there?

 Ooo-Oooo! I know this one!
It's a Sparrow....with a white throat...so it must be a White-throated Sparrow!
Yea! I got one right!

 This warbly is yellow. I know that color.
He's got streakies of a color I don't know.
So that makes him a Yellow Warbly.
Logic, eh?

 This male Yellow-rumped Warbly, aka "Butter Butt," was busy cleaning up to impress the ladies.

When he was freshly preened and sparkly, he started to belt out his tune.
What a chick magnet...I should take lessons...

Stay tuned for more from...
THE BIGGEST WEEK IN AMERICAN BIRDING!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Things Were Hoppin' at Magee!...part one...of many...

 A view of the boardwalk across the marsh...

I am getting further and further behind in my posts! These photos are from May 5th...a day that didn't rain! The winds were so high the day before they had to close the boardwalk for a bit, so I wandered elsewhere, then came back to a great weather day.

In addition to all of the great migrant birds coming for a visit, I have all of my great friends that migrate to Magee every year to see our favorite warblies! It's a great time to catch up with old friends and make new ones along the way. There were more new birders this year than I remember from the past. They make it more fun and remind me that birds that are common to some are unusual to others. Always have patience with the newbies and we all have more fun!

 At last! The proper shot of an American Woodcock!
(The nice folks from Aviantica asked me to take this photo...though I would have done it anyway!)

 ...for you folks that prefer birds from the other way...close enough...

 Dad turned his back on that begging youngster...you can only stand so much...

 Oh dear...what a rude little child.
( Or is it a rude little Loopy for posting it?)

 Here's a Black-throated Blue Warbly to clean your brain of the last shot...

 And a Black-throated Green too!

 Bull Frogs shooting the bull.

 Chestnut-sided Warblies have never appreciated my humor...

 They call them Common Nighthawks, buts how often do you actually see one?

 Common Yellowthroats love to hide in the thickets.
I managed to find him hiding and singing in there!

 Gray Catbirds are still one of my favorites.
I heard someone say to a new birder "Don't bother looking at them, they're common."
The new birder told me it was a life bird for her.
Be careful what you say out there!

 You don't often see a Green Heron walking through the woods...

 House Wrens are another common bird with an uncommonly beautiful song...and loud too!

 We can't go too long without a butt shot!
That's a Killdeer by the way.

 This Magnolia Warbly had his eye on a nearby bug and was preparing to pounce.

 This Midland Painted Turtle has lived a hard life.

For now I'll leave you with this beautiful Nashville Warbly...Elvis has left the building...

Monday, May 7, 2018

Some Old Friends Stopped By For A Visit...

 Playing peek-a-boo with my favorite lil Black-and-White Warbly!

A great day to take off work and head out to Magee Marsh for the beginning of the Biggest Week in American Birding! Winds were blowing hard from the south and warblies and their buddies were finally heading up to visit us. Friday wasn't very crowded, being a "work" day...though I did see some friends that were also absent from work...I hope they had a doctors excuse or a note from mom.

I spent 6 hours strolling slowly along the boardwalk, speaking with old friends I haven't seen since last spring and lots of new friends and new birders as well. It was a great way to get out and enjoy the beginning of the spring migration!

 American Woodcock like to play peek-a-boo too!
They're better at it than most birds...

 The hard part is finding a hole in the scrub to aim through!
I think I hurt my back...

 Thanks to the Bald Eagle, there's one less squirrel in the world to steal bird seed from my feeders.

 Have I ever mentioned how much I love those little Black-and-whites?

 They're cute AND fun to watch!

 I was supposed to be assisting in the search for an Orange-crowned Warbly, but I found a Black-billed Cuckoo by mistake.
It was okay because it was a lifer for a couple of folks there!

 This Black-throated Green Warbly brought a splash of color to the drab woods...

 Oh my! I wasn't expecting to find a Blackpoll today!

 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers get angry when you take their photo...
Cranky little birds...

 This Cape May Warbly was kind enough to pose for my Birds From Behind collection!

 Chestnut-sided Warblies have shiny heads...just like me!

 This Great Egret caught a wee little fishy snack...and reminded me to get lunch.

 A pair of Killdeer out stalking their prey.
Though I've never seen them catch a deer...

 A very dramatic Magnolia Warbly...nice outfit!

 Speaking of dramatic, Nashville Warblies love to strike a pose.

 That naughty look in the eyes...oh my...

 I never noticed their dark cap before...

 This Northern Parula was practicing his beautiful song for us.

 Oops...sorry to interrupt!
A pair of Northern Water Snakes were making more water snakes right there along the boardwalk!
Have they no decency?

 As you can see, this Rose-breasted Grosbeak was a bit embarrassed by that snakey display!

 Even the Snowy Egret was diverting his eyes from that scene...

 Who's got golden slippers on?!

 I should have mentioned how windy it was.
At one point they had to close the boardwalk because the storm closed in with even heavier wind and branches were coming down! As I was hot-footing through the lot to my car, the rain came down and a kind couple allowed to get in there car...birders are definitely the nicest folks around!

 That pointy bug getting beak tells me this must be a Tennessee Warbly.

Appropriately, a Yellow-RUMPED Warbly for the last pic of the day!

I paid another visit on Saturday...so more warblies to come!