Monday, May 17, 2010

East Coast Warbler’n

I know they are there.  I can hear their buzzy-raspy calls overhead, deep in the woods, way up in the canopy. I know that they are there.

It is always fun to get out in May and catch the warbler migration.  Some even stick around to nest.  However on the east coast, the canopy is think, dense and lush.  The trees are close and this makes the birding tough. 

After waiting and watching and watching and waiting, I finally caught a glimpse of movement that wasn’t just the breeze blowing leaves around.  There it is, a Black-throated Green.  

Black-throated Green 5-16-2010 10-48-02 AM

Patiently waiting for another glimpse, I saw a Blackburnian Warbler  hop across a branch high up in the canopy. He was gone before I could get my binoculars up to my eyes.  Then another Black-throated Green popped out.  Black-throated Green 5-16-2010 10-48-55

He looked around and was gone.

Black-throated Green 5-16-2010 10-48-57 AM

These pictures are good enough for shooting first and asking questions later.  A few weeks ago, I shot a Black-throated Green an emailed the pictures off to Kim for a little help with the ID.  These came out much better!

Yes, east coast birding gets frustrating in May when the canopy fills out.  The skeeters are out in force the canopy is thick and you can hear’em but you just can’t always find’em. 

6 comments:

Chris said...

Hi Steve,
Nice encounter and nice shots considering that there were leaves all around. That's the problem of summer, right, you get birds but then there are leaves on the tree ;-)

Roy said...

Infuriating arn't they Steve.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Love trees but they do make for frustrating bird watching activities. Great shots - wonderful find.

grammie g said...

They do move very swiftly through the tree branches under cover of leaves and blend in so well!! Nice job!! You caught him!!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

They are so small I am sure they are easy to miss. Isn't it frustrating when you can hear them and not see them? Grrr!! :)

The Early Birder said...

Same problem over here Steve, except most of them are one shade of brown or another! FAB.

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