Why yes, it is raining again today. The good new is that it’s supposed to be nice the rest of the week, and this past Sunday was beautiful. I snuck out to see what new warblers I could find in the morning. It seemed like there were quite a few American Redstarts around. Here’s a picture of a beautiful male:
and here is a female:
The male Redstarts are stunning, but I love the females too. It’s so pretty when they fan their tails out and those bright yellow feathers show.
The only new-to-me warbler I found that morning was this beautiful Canada Warbler. My field guide describes it as having a necklace of black streaks on the breast. This bird was not really shy–it jumped around in the bushes very near to me for a while–but getting a decent shot of it was not easy. Typical warbler behavior, plus there are many more leaves on the trees now making it even more difficult.
I did find a thrush that I had never seen before. The only thrush I really know is the Hermit Thrush–with its reddish tail that it tends to pump up and down. I knew right away this one was not a Hermit Thrush, but I couldn’t identify it as a Swainson’s Thrush until later when I could go back through the pictures. One field mark that really helped for me was those buffy spectacles on the bird.
In the evening, I took a walk in our woods to check on the Broad-winged Hawk. Her nest is very high up in a tree, but I could see her tail as she is sitting there. The woods are so beautiful right now. Trilliums, May Apples, and so many of these beautiful wild geraniums are blooming.
I also checked on a pair of bluebirds that I know are nesting in the woods. The eggs have hatched and the mom and dad are busy feeding the babies. It looks like they got to dine on a tasty spider this time:
While I was hiding behind a tree watching the bluebirds, this female Brown-headed Cowbird landed right in front of me.
Finally, the robins on our porch are getting bigger every day. Every other day or so I peek into the nest when the mom isn’t there. Here’s a quick photo a took on Sunday.
At least they are nice and dry under the porch on this rainy day.