The weather was near perfect once again, with temps in the high 50s, slightly cloudy and warming rapidly. I decided to go to Terrapin Nature Area once again, despite the poor experience of last week. A fortuitous choice. There were warblers in every corner of the park, with Catbirds by the dozen, numerous Flycatchers and plenty of others. Birding paradise.
This Black Throated Blue Warbler was the first bird I saw this morning. I have taken several photos previously, but none as good as this one.
My best guess is Blackpoll Warbler , but I’m checking. My guru says it’s a Cape May Warbler.
This Orchard Oriole’s breast area was overexposed, so I’ve added some yellow to tone it down a bit.
There were Catbirds in every corner of the park.
Warblers can be difficult to capture as they flit quickly form branch to branch, but this Common Yellowthroat was a willing subject.
I saw several Brown Thrashers today.
Magnolia Warblers were abundant also.
The rabbits at Terrapin seem very tame.
I think this is the first Yellow Warbler I’ve seen at Terrapin.
I’m calling this a Black Throated Green Warbler until corrected.
I don’t yet know what this is. Now I’m thinking Chestnut Sided Warbler.
Here’s a different look at this little guy showing the Chestnut colored stripe.
Terrapin is the only place I’ve seen Veerys.
I’m used to seeing Snowy Egrets in the water, so they look weird perched in a tree.
There were several Eastern Phoebes flycatching in this thicket.
The Northern Flicker is a beautiful bird.
This is a first winter female Blackpoll Warbler, and it’s the first I’ve ever seen.
The song of the male Blackpoll Warbler is one of the highest-pitched of all birds.
Part of the fall migratory route of the Blackpoll Warbler is over the Atlantic Ocean from the northeastern United States to Puerto Rico, the Lesser Antilles, or northern South America. This route averages 3,000 km (1,864 mi) over water, requiring a potentially nonstop flight of up to 88 hours. To accomplish this flight, the Blackpoll Warbler nearly doubles its body mass and takes advantage of a shift in prevailing wind direction to direct it to its destination.”
A small flock of Cedar Waxwings was hanging out.
The adult Cedar Waxwing (Top) was occasionally feeding the juvenile.
Not a great shot, but I’m posting this Blue Headed Vireo for bragging rights.
There are many Black Vultures at Terrapin, and I usually pass them by, but this guy was overlooking all the area.
I’m working on an ID.
This Brown Thrasher was well hidden.