Warbler Week 2015 – Days 2 & 3

May 19,
Well, after three days in a row of birding, I’m taking a day of rest! :)

I’m happy to report that the first three days of Warbler Week have gone very well. The trees at Prince Edward Point haven’t exactly been ‘dripping with birds’, but a good variety of warblers have shown up, and the weather conditions have also been excellent. My warbler count is now up to 16 with the addition of a Cape May Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, and this Canada Warbler.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015
I am always thrilled when I see one of these semi-rare birds.
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I don’t usually ‘count’ the number of birds I see, but since warblers are my favourites I find it near impossible not to keep score. :)
15 – 20 = good
21 – 23 = extremely good
24 – 25 = extraordinary
More than 25… cloud nine! A state of blissful happiness. :)

Sunday was probably the quietest day of the three so far, but I did get this shot of a Great Blue Heron at the Moira River as I was leaving Belleville at around 7:00am.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015

I considered the heron to be a good omen, and it was. Despite it being a slow morning at Prince Edward Point, there were three extremely good moments. The first was this shot of my favourite warbler, the Common Yellowthroat.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015

The second great moment was when I spotted a Mourning Warbler (for only the second time in my life) and the third special moment was this shot of an Eastern Kingbird.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015
The Eastern Kingbird is not a rarity, but I just loved the setting, and as usual the kingbird proved to be very cooperative and a very photogenic subject. :)

Yesterday also provided a good omen on my way to the park (well actually two good omens). I spotted a white-tailed deer next to highway 62 just north of Ben Gill Road, and then I got this shot about 1/2 mile from the Prince Edward Point park entrance.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015
It’s unusual to see a Common Loon this close to shore at the Point, and I was thrilled to start my day with this photo!

Along with the loon shot, yesterday morning offered a couple of other non-typical moments – a chance to photograph a hummingbird:
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015

… and a Red-tailed Hawk circling overhead:
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015

Along with some of the semi-rare sightings, I also took advantage of opportunities to shoot the more common warblers like this Yellow-rumped.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015
So common is this warbler that most photographers never give them a second look.
This photo is of the female. You can see how excellently their feather colours blend with their surroundings.

Along with the warblers, there are several species of Vireos that come through the park. This is a Philadelphia Vireo.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015

And finally, I will leave you with a shot I took of one of the ubiquitous Long-tailed Ducks – a female. I couldn’t resist capturing this image with the clear shallow water as a backdrop, and featuring the beautiful feather patterns of this great little diving duck.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015

Hopefully I’ll get enough rest today so that I can be back at the park bright and early tomorrow!

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One Response to Warbler Week 2015 – Days 2 & 3

  1. Susan says:

    Super variety of shots Garry. Thanks! Looks like you really had fun. Good luck tomorrow.

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