The Common Yellowthroat (aka the “raccoon warbler” or “Lone Ranger”) is considered to be a wren-like wood warbler. A small warbler of the upper canopy, the Northern Parula flutters at the edges of branches plucking insects. I like this raccoon’s peekaboo pose, too. Not a great photo. The yellowthroat, on the other hand, heads off to Havana in a few weeks. Northern Parulas occasionally take nectar from flowers on the wintering grounds. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Below is an adult female Northern Parula warbler (pronounced “PAR-eh-la,” IMHO). Personal notes and thoughts on bird activity—and human activity, too!—in and around SE Virginia, Birds—especially small birds—are often obscured by stuff in the field. ( Log Out / Adult males have a bright yellow throat and breast with a black and chestnut band. The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community. Notes: Black background FEATHER SCAN DATA. Small, short-tailed warbler. Below is an adult female Northern Parula warbler (pronounced “PAR-eh-la,” IMHO). Sexes are similar, but female is duller and usually lacks breast bands. We feature 65,200,000 royalty free photos, 337,000 stock footage clips, digital videos, vector clip art images, clipart pictures, background graphics, medical illustrations, and maps. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila cerulea). ( Log Out / Adults have a blue-gray back with a yellow-olive patch in the center. ( Log Out / I touched on that messy but essential process at the end of “Bird Notes.”. This one was, as you can tell, (and with both its feet planted on a thornbush). Feather Metadata. Update….. At least two “real” birders agree that this is likely a female Northern Parula. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Educator, bird trip leader, conservation photographer, and middling writer He has also done some writing for BirdWatching Magazine, and is a member of the Virginia Society of Ornithology. Jeanie, Thanks for your comment. And a final thought I have, here, is this: The thrasher is a permanent resident. I would appreciate help with identification. Small wood-warbler with a short tail and a thin bill. I never once set foot in it. I took the photo below at Money Point in Chesapeake during the breeding season that just ended. And he provides those kinds of services to other organizations as well. I captured it recently at Indian River Park in Chesapeake, Virginia as it was migrating through. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author is strictly prohibited. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. He works with the Elizabeth River Project, the blog sponsor, as a bird trip leader, teacher, educational consultant and photographer. Here’s a juvenile Green Heron obscured by the railings of the observation deck at Lakeside Park, the location of the Green Heron colonial nesting site. Some folks might discard the above photo. © Dave Gibson and the “Elizabeth River Bird Blog,” 2018-2020. Feather Vane Length. Here’s another example of things obscuring—and another Indian River Park bird. At least two “real” birders agree that this is likely a female Northern Parula. I also like it because it’s environmental: a photo of a subject in its usual surroundings. It, too, is headed to Punta Cana. But I like it. Immature is similar to female, but it has more green on upperparts. The bird appears to be undergoing a molt. I captured it recently at Indian River Park in Chesapeake, Virginia as it was migrating through. Immature females have more of a green wash on their back and head and have green-edged primaries and secondaries. Immatures also have have yellow-green edged primaries and secondaries . I included a story about a recent trip there. Not a great photo. It lends an air of mystery and capturing them in their woodland habitat adds to the challenge. Change ). ( Log Out / This is a Gray Catbird looking out over the top of a morning glory leaf. Immature males are paler overall and lack the chestnut breast band. But one thought I have, here, is this: Birds that are adaptable like these and can live around humans usually have far better chances of succeeding and growing their numbers. Immatures lack the chestnut breast band seen on adult males. The Osprey comes readily to mind. Dave Gibson formerly taught at various places in MA including Fisher College, MassBay Community College, and the Harvard Museums of Cultural and Natural History, and is the self-appointed Ornithologist-in-Residence of South Norfolk, VA. I love the French name for the species: “paruline à collier.” That translates to “parula with a necklace”—a name that fits. Immature females have more of a green wash on their back and head and have green edged primaries and secondaries. The nest is inside a petroleum pipeline casing vent marker on industrial plant property there. Though the young yellowthroat isn’t quite as concealed as the others, it does share something in common with them. It’s not going anywhere. Critical wildlife habitat is just across the street. ( Log Out / See his eBird photos and recordings here. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. And here’s another Money Point bird: an immature female Common Yellowthroat. I like the photos of birds obscured by foliage. ( Log Out / Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The female bluebird chose to just sit on a nearby branch while her mate looked at the hole numerous times trying to make a decision. Here’s a great read about those structures: the defining feature of birds. Now, this may or not apply to the above 4 species—the “built stuff” birds. ... it belonged to a Northern parula like the one shown below (Setophaga americana) . It is said that that reflection, or catchlight, gives an eye dimension and gives it life. This bluish gray warbler with yellow highlights breeds in forests laden with Spanish moss or beard lichens, from Florida to the boreal forest, and it's sure to give you "warbler neck." But, in the absence of natural cavities, they’ll seek out artificial ones, as long as they’re close to food sources. This marker is. Dave is an active eBird contributor. It was in a tree, munching on fruit or seeds (until it saw me). Note white eye crescents. Also note yellow lower bill, a distinct feature in parulas. Nests in beard or Spanish mosses. Steven Bird Photography | Tours & Fine Art. Northern Parulas hop through branches often in the canopy of eastern forests. Share this: Print; Email; Facebook; Twitter; Like this: Like Loading... Related. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Female Northern Parula with Nest Material Stock Photo - Fotosearch Enhanced. I think this might be a female northern parula. She appeared to be feeding on cattail seeds in my wetland. It has adapted to and is using the built environment. View all posts by Dave Gibson. The same thing is true of this handsome Brown Thrasher (aka the “chirpa chirpa bird”). I moved away three years ago. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Eastern Bluebirds are cavity nesters, as are a number of other bird species. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Northern Parulas are known as “upper canopy” birds, but I usually find them close to the ground. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Some fly, some swim, and some run really fast.” A fun and pertinent quote from www.thoughtco.com. FLIGHT: Northern Parula has a rapid and agile flight, hovering among foliage to feed. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Breeds in mixed woodlands and mature forests along streams and swamps. Now, birds aren’t only often obscured by natural stuff, they’re also often obscured by built stuff. They also lack the chestnut breast band. I guess I’ll just have to settle for my eagle, egret, and mallard pictures on the Intracoastal Waterway. I like this photo for the same reasons that I like the shot of “la paruline.” But I also like the bird’s “peekaboo” pose. “Birds are found almost everywhere on earth and have adapted to diverse environments throughout history. ( Log Out / ( Log Out / Northern Parulas are known as “upper canopy” birds, but I usually find them close to the ground. And now you show me pictures that were taken there of birds!! Northern Parulas sing a buzzy insectlike trill that pinches off at the end.
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