While out birding the other day, I was able to get a couple of photos of birds that I had been seeing or hearing over the past few weeks…
First, we have the Prothonotary Warbler, I saw him a couple of weeks ago while kayaking. Unfortunately, at the time I didn’t have my camera with me, so I wasn’t able to snap off a photo…
Very pretty little bird. They can be found mostly around the edge of swamps, lakes and marshes. Unique from other eastern warblers because it will nest in holes in trees. You can actually get one to nest in a bird house if you place it close to the water!
I found this next warbler singing on the side of the road in the wildlife refuge that I recently visited.
This is the Hooded Warbler. Unfortunately, this bird is considered vulnerable because the Brown-headed Cowbirds often lay their eggs in the Hooded Warbler’s nest (in some areas up to 75% of their nests!) The cowbird eggs will hatch faster than most other species’ eggs. This gives them a head start on the food from the host parents and so they develop at a faster pace and sometimes will toss out the eggs or nestlings of the host birds!!!
And lastly, here is a photo of the Indigo Bunting. I’ve been hearing them in all the fields throughout the wildlife refuge. There seems to be a lot of them, they may be the most abundant songbird in parts of eastern US. Most of the time you will see the males singing along the roadside or in the fields. You hardly ever see the females, since they do almost all of the work caring for the eggs and young in the nests!
Make sure to stay healthy and stay safe!