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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 some of the semi-rare sightings, I also took advantage of opportunities to shoot the more common warblers like this Yellow-rumped.
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.
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.