Warbler Week 2015 – Days 4 thru 9

May 24, 2015
Well, the 2015 Warbler Week is now over. :(
It had it’s high points for me – a Mourning Warbler, Canada Warbler, and Wilson’s Warbler – but it also had its low points – several days where there were very few birds to see.

I went birding 7 of the 9 days, but in the end I only found 19 different types of warblers. I didn’t see a Pine Warbler, an Ovenbird, or even a Black-and-white Warbler – but I did have fun!! :)

Although there weren’t many photo ops these past few days, I will share a few shots that I did get, starting with this one of a Yellow Warbler.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015
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The Yellow Warblers were by far the most common bird this week. I got this photo on Friday, but I took pictures of them almost every time I visited the Traverse Woods.

Another warbler that I saw frequently was the American Redstart. Here’s a male that I captured on Thursday.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015

There were lots of different Flycatchers to see this week – Olive-sided, Great Crested, Least, Eastern Kingbird, and more. Here’s a shot I took today of (what I think is) a juvenile Eastern Phoebe.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015
Flycatchers all look so much alike that it is often difficult for me to tell one from another, but in any case I liked this photo, whichever flycatcher it is. :)

Here’s another shot from this morning. I was walking near the bluff, and when I peered down at the water’s edge I saw this scene.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015
A pair of Mallards sharing a rock with a Long-tailed Duck.

The trees were full of leaves this week, and it was often difficult to get open shots of the warblers that I saw. Here’s a typical hide’n'seek photo of one of the small birds – a Chestnut-sided Warbler.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015

And finally, I’ll leave you with a photo I took today of the most vibrant-coloured of the warblers – the Blackburnian.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015

And that’s it for another year. Just 12 months now until the next Warbler Week! :)

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2 Responses to Warbler Week 2015 – Days 4 thru 9

  1. I’m so discouraged with my warbler photo taking! I’m happy to gaze at yours!

    • Garry Kirsch says:

      Oh, thank you! Please don’t be discouraged, warbler photography is very difficult, and I always rely on a large amount of good luck.
      Keep practicing. Use fast shutter speeds, and you have to have a quick trigger finger because they are constantly moving.

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