I took a break - no birding, blogging or commenting - while my camera was being repaired. I was afraid I was going to miss all of the spring warbler season and was getting pretty morose, but I got the camera back just in time.
Warblers don't sit still for a photo shoot. It takes patience, patience and more patience. Most of my photos ended up just showing leaves and bird-shaped shadows. So I am going back for another try at that elusive Prairie Warbler, or the Black-throated Green Warbler, the Black-throated Blue Warbler....
This Canada Warbler was flitting through dark moist undergrowth on a neighbor's wood lot.
A Chestnut-sided Warbler was singing high up in a tree.
A Common Yellowthroat scolding me, but then calmed down.
Yellow Warblers always have such an innocently sweet expression, but they are ferocious predators of invertebrates!
Not a warbler but a Warbling Vireo
My time waiting for my camera wasn't all wasted. I got to go shopping for some sorely needed spring clothing, caught up with my emails with friends and relatives and got to read a couple of books. It actually turned out to be a nice respite from bird-centered activities - just too bad it had to be during peak warbler migration.
Must check out: amazing distribution maps for many species in the "State of the Birds 2011" report with much of the information collected by eBird -- shows how important it is to submit your sightings.
Cheers and good birding!
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