Thursday, May 23, 2019
BIRDS IN THEIR ELEMENTS
Starting Sunday afternoon, the local Audubon email alert was going wild. Best Warbler day ever, I read. The hotbed of activity seemed to be the south end of Boardman Lake around Medalie Park and the Boardman Lake Trail. After the third alert, I couldn’t stand it, so I headed out.
My first sighting was this beautiful male Northern Cardinal. It was nice to see the bird in a natural surrounding versus on my feeders.
It didn’t take long to spy another of my favorites, a Red-winged Blackbird. This species’ birdsong fills the spring air with their beautiful trills.
I followed this beauty as it moved to a cattail spike. It was fun to watch as it put its whole body into vocalizing.
And nearby was a female Red-winged Blackbird. Can hardly believe these two are both RWBBs! Like several species, the males and females are markedly different in appearance.
While I hadn’t yet seen any of the exotics yet, I began seeing birds new to me. This Song Sparrow likes the marshy area where I photographed it.
This Eastern Phoebe was coming into its summer breeding grounds. So far, I’d seen some new birds, but none of the warblers I’d heard about.
Then I hit the jackpot with this beautiful Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler. This male was definitely migrating to its summer habitat.
The warbler turned my way for this goofy-looking front pose. Then it took off. I felt lucky to have sighted three new birds, including one of the exotic warbler types. A banner day for birders.