Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A blue and yellow day

Warblers and other migrants are starting to show up. This year is odd in that the trees are so advanced leave wise, that you would expect them to be dripping with warblers right about now. While I have seen some earlier than usual birds, most seem to be right on schedule with past records.

Yesterday, I was out and about looking for new arrivals and was able to find some. I have been hearing Yellow-throated Warblers for a while now. I seldom get to see them, so I was happy to be able to spish one close enough to see.

Yellow-throated Warbler

A little closer please!

Yellow-throated Warbler

Love to see them.

There is a little wetland adjacent to the woods that held the Yellow-throated Warbler. I heard an odd sound coming from the vegetation. When I went over to check it out, I found six Blue-winged Teal and a lone female Hooded Merganser.

Blue-winged Teal with female Hooded Merganser

I have always thought of Hooded Mergansers being small, but when compared to Blue-winged teal, they are slightly bigger. The male teals were battling for the females. I watched them for a while. I think the merganser is confused as to what species it is.

Blue-winged Teal with female Hooded Merganser

Blue-winged Teal

Double vision


Blue-winged Teal

Mirror image


Blue-winged Teal

Blue-winged Teal


Like the two-toned bill.

Blue-winged Teal

Blue-winged Teal pair

And as I was leaving the wetland to look for more warblers, the male gave me a wink!

Blue-winged Teal

Such nice looking ducks!

But the real surprise of the day came when I heard what I thought was a Blue-winged Warbler calling from the nearby wood line. I spished and up popped a little yellow bird - Blue-winged Warbler it is. I love their call!

Blue-winged Warbler


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9 comments:

  1. Wow Donald great stuff! Your Teal photos are a lot of fun, and those warblers are just popping with color!

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  2. Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. A great series of photos. I especially like the wetland and the ducks.

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  4. Wonderful photos of all the ducks. I like the "winking" one, he sure looks happy!

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  5. Beautiful photos of all the birds. I especially like the duck!!

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  6. Super Teal seies..with a dash of humor! Great warbler shots too!

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