Friday, May 8, 2009

Warblers (and a bugler).

Yellow-rumped warbler (Myrtle group), flycatching.

After a few quiet days, there was a flurry of warbler activity in the birches of Garden City Park. I saw and heard only the usual migrant gang: Yellow-rumped (both forms), Orange-crowned, and in good numbers,

Wilson's Warbler.

Wilson's Warblers, identifiable by their black toupees. The Yellow-rumps were doing a lot of flycatching, making them difficult to photograph. The Orange-crowns were skulking in deep foliage, making them difficult to photograph. And the Wilson's Warblers skipped along branches, from trunk to tip, unpredictably dropping off to fly somewhere else, making them difficult to photograph.

In the distance, in someone's backyard, a peacock was bugling.

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