April 21, 2015

Today’s post starts with a guest picture.  After I left for work this morning, my better half spotted this Rose-breasted Grosbeak on the window sill of our bedroom window and snapped a shot (and promptly texted it to me!):

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

I couldn’t wait to get home and spot one myself.  So, a little after 5:00 p.m., I set up the camera and tripod on the deck and waited . . . and waited.  The usuals appeared, including Northern Cardinals, a Gray Catbird, Downy Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Carolina Wrens, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Blue Jays, Northern Mockingbirds, and Mourning Doves.   Around 6:00 p.m., a pair of Barred Owls began calling to each other in the woods behind my neighbor’s house.

Finally, around 7:00 p.m.,  a Black-throated Blue Warbler appeared:

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Black-throated Blue Warbler

He was followed by a Northern Parula:

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Northern Parula

Then a Swamp Sparrow:

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Swamp Sparrow

And, finally, a male Common Yellowthroat:

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Common Yellowthroat