See his eBird photos and recordings here. Female Northern Parula with Nest Material Stock Photo - Fotosearch Enhanced. It is said that that reflection, or catchlight, gives an eye dimension and gives it life. From the Existential to the Mundane - From Poetry to Prose, Birdwatching from a Christian Perspective, Thoughts on life, writing, creativity and magic. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Note yellow throat, chestnut breast band, and white belly and undertail coverts. Nests in beard or Spanish mosses. Many bluebirds nest in abandoned woodpecker holes in the wild. This one was, as you can tell, (and with both its feet planted on a thornbush). I like this raccoon’s peekaboo pose, too. I would appreciate help with identification. It’s obscured, too, but only a little bit. It, too, is headed to Punta Cana. I also like it because it’s environmental: a photo of a subject in its usual surroundings. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The same thing is true of this handsome Brown Thrasher (aka the “chirpa chirpa bird”). Feather Metadata. A small warbler of the upper canopy, the Northern Parula flutters at the edges of branches plucking insects. She appeared to be feeding on cattail seeds in my wetland. I never once set foot in it. I’ve mentioned feathers and some curious feather terms lately. And he  provides those kinds of services to other organizations as well. The Common Yellowthroat (aka the “raccoon warbler” or “Lone Ranger”) is considered to be a wren-like wood warbler. Northern Parulas hop through branches often in the canopy of eastern forests. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. FLIGHT: Northern Parula has a rapid and agile flight, hovering among foliage to feed. Immature is similar to female, but it has more green on upperparts. Note white eye crescents. Some fly, some swim, and some run really fast.” A fun and pertinent quote from www.thoughtco.com. ( Log Out /  Not a great photo. Sexes are similar, but female is duller and usually lacks breast bands. k70621948 Fotosearch Stock Photography and Stock Footage helps you find the perfect photo or footage, fast! I think this might be a female northern parula. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Raccoons might be primarily nocturnal and all, but I’ve sure seen plenty of them out during the day. I moved away three years ago. It has adapted to and is using the built environment. I’m reminded of Gilda Radner’s “It’s always something,” or my friend Betty Sue Cohen’s “There’s always a stick, or a twig, or a leaf [in the way].”. Below is an adult female Northern Parula warbler (pronounced “PAR-eh-la,” IMHO). I touched on that messy but essential process at the end of “Bird Notes.”. Not a great photo. 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. Notes: Black background FEATHER SCAN DATA. 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. I captured it recently at Indian River Park in Chesapeake, Virginia as it was migrating through. I think this might be a female northern parula. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Though the young yellowthroat isn’t quite as concealed as the others, it does share something in common with them. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I would appreciate help with identification. Update….. At least two “real” birders agree that this is likely a female Northern Parula. Dave is an active eBird contributor. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Some folks might discard the above photo. View all posts by Dave Gibson. ( Log Out /  Please keep in mind when viewing the photos that some were taken for documentation purposes and are of poorer quality. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The above bird fit that description to a T. When I first saw it, I thought I did have a wren. Feather Total Length . It, too, is headed to Punta Cana. Critical wildlife habitat is just across the street. The nest is inside a petroleum pipeline casing vent marker on industrial plant property there. Northern Parulas are known as “upper canopy” birds, but I usually find them close to the ground. Immatures lack the chestnut breast band seen on adult males. Change ). ( Log Out /  Educator, bird trip leader, conservation photographer, and middling writer Adults have a blue-gray back with a yellow-olive patch in the center. ( Log Out /  Small wood-warbler with a short tail and a thin bill. Northern Parulas are known as “upper canopy” birds, but I usually find them close to the ground. Adult males have a distinctive breast pattern—yellow with a black and chestnut band. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila cerulea). The Osprey comes readily to mind. When you have a chance, please take a look at my latest blog. She appeared to be feeding on cattail seeds in my wetland. This marker is. Now, birds aren’t only often obscured by natural stuff, they’re also often obscured by built stuff. Yes, Indian River Park is a special place. Northern Parula - Setophaga americana - Juvenile - Female Scan ID: 61133 . Jeanie, Thanks for your comment. Eastern Bluebirds are cavity nesters, as are a number of other bird species. Northern Parulas nest in hanging clumps of epiphytes like Spanish moss, beard moss, or lace lichen. And now you show me pictures that were taken there of birds!! And here’s another Money Point bird: an immature female Common Yellowthroat. Immatures also have have yellow-green edged primaries and secondaries . I took the photo below at Money Point in Chesapeake during the breeding season that just ended. I like the photos of birds obscured by foliage. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. They also lack the chestnut breast band. Northern Parulas occasionally take nectar from flowers on the wintering grounds. But, in the absence of natural cavities, they’ll seek out artificial ones, as long as they’re close to food sources. Small, short-tailed warbler. © Dave Gibson and the “Elizabeth River Bird Blog,” 2018-2020. 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. ( Log Out /  Also note yellow lower bill, a distinct feature in parulas. 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. Change ). The bird appears to be undergoing a molt. Steven Bird Photography | Tours & Fine Art. But I like it. It was in a tree, munching on fruit or seeds (until it saw me). How I regret never having explored it, camera in hand. And a final thought I have, here, is this: The thrasher is a permanent resident. Adult males have a bright yellow throat and breast with a black and chestnut band. I included a story about a recent trip there. ... it belonged to a Northern parula like the one shown below (Setophaga americana) . Breeds in mixed woodlands and mature forests along streams and swamps. ( Log Out /  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. It hops through branches bursting with a rising buzzy trill that pinches off at the end. 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." Share this: Print; Email; Facebook; Twitter; Like this: Like Loading... Related. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Immature females have more of a green wash on their back and head and have green-edged primaries and secondaries. Here’s another example of things obscuring—and another Indian River Park bird. It’s not going anywhere. I love the French name for the species: “paruline à collier.” That translates to “parula with a necklace”—a name that fits. Below is an adult female Northern Parula warbler (pronounced “PAR-eh-la,” IMHO). I captured it recently at Indian River Park in Chesapeake, Virginia as it was migrating through. The bird is sharp, its head is visible, and daylight is reflected off its eye.

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