Brewster’s Warbler is a cross between Golden-winged and Blue-winged Warblers, which hybridize freely (Lawrence's Warbler is also a hybrid, typically a Golden-winged x Brewster's hybrid according to The Warbler Guide by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle). This is primarily the result of overlapping habitats.
Adult male Blackburnian Warblers have a radiant orange face and throat, which combined with the boldly patterned black-and-white body make this warbler stand out. Blackburnian Warblers generally prefer to forage near the tops of trees like hemlock, spruce and white pine; however, on a few occasions at Magee Marsh, I observed some at or near eye level.
Photographing life birds is always exciting. Upon returning home and editing my photos after one of these outings, I enjoy doing a little research, referencing field guidebooks and studying the key field ID marks, which helps to ingrain the key characteristics of a species in my mind for future reference.
Ruddy Turnstone is accounted among the world’s northernmost breeding species; in North America it breeds on the north and west coasts of Alaska, the artic islands north of the Canadian mainland, and the north coast of Greenland. It is found on every continent except Antartica.
Northern Parula is a small warbler less than five inches in length that typically forages in dense foliage of treetops, but during migration it often comes down to lower levels. During The Biggest Week in American Birding at Magee Marsh in Ohio I found several excellent occasions to photograph this colorful species at eye level or below and at close range.
My most recent 10-day birding trip focused on warbler migration. My first destination was Point Pelee NP where I spent a couple of days followed by eight days at Magee Marsh in Ohio during The Biggest Week in American Birding festival. I had heard many good reports about Magee Marsh. In particular, I’d heard that you frequently get very close looks at the warblers and that photo opportunities were abundant so I decided to check it out for myself this year. I was not disappointed.
Louisiana Waterthrush lives along freshwater rivers and streams in deciduous woodlands during the summer. On nesting territory it can sometimes be seen and heard singing from perches and the ground. The bird pictured in the photos below is probably on breeding territory. A freshwater stream was nearby.
The Vesper Sparrow is uncommon and local across most of the East. I’ve only seen this species a couple of times, most recently in Quebec. As I reviewed my photos upon returning from my recent Quebec trip for possible inclusion in one of my photo galleries or a blog post, I realized that I had not edited some Vesper Sparrow photos from Carden Alvar Provincial Park, Ontario from last summer.
Around the last weekend of April each year, several birders head out at dawn to Oshawa Second Marsh to view Little Gulls entering the marsh. I headed out there on Sunday, which proved fortuitous when, over a period of about two hours, a record tally for this site of 158 Little Gulls was observed and counted by those in attendance.
The Red-necked Grebe is a mid-sized grebe that I can enjoy observing and photographing at this time of year as it can be seen along several areas of Lake Ontario near my home. Many of the Red-necked Grebes have paired up and nest building appears well under way in some cases. In today’s post, I highlight a number of photos I made of one pair that didn’t seem to mind my presence as they swam back and forth slowly just offshore from where I was sitting on some rocks.