Now that the air is clear, I traveled by bike to Fort Greene Park today to seek out a reported yellow-throated warbler, not to be confused with the common yellowthroat. Being April, one would normally be excited to head outside on a sunny day, except for the fact I had to wear gloves on my bike, thermals under my clothing, and couldn't type into my phone because my hands were so iced! Spring, where you at?! Srsly.
I do not know the park well and meandered my way up to the monument, where I found a group had formed, also looking for this warbler. In the end, I met some new folks, saw some familiar faces and we all used our eyes to call out when we had the bird in sight. I find birding to be such a wonderful way to socialize, I have made such great friends through doing this and always look forward to meeting new people while out in the field.
Glad to say, the yellow throated warbler is officially ticked on my list!
|A very light colored American Robin.|
|This one mourning dove caught my eye, the feathers on its shoulders were like gold leaf! Super metallic!|
|The dark-eyed juncos were super singers today- also singing were the house finches!|
|And here come some really cruddy photos of the Yellow-throated warbler!|
|So this tree had 2 to 3 yellowbellied sapsuckers working some wells they created and the sap was flowing, quite generously. It drew in this guy, as well as juncos, kinglets, and house sparrows -- probably insects too, for the birds to also dine on!|
|The people who named birds, I get the feeling they weren't super creative. Most birds are named for the calls they make (like chickadees) or their general appearance, like the yellow-throated warbler. And then someone else also has a warbler with a yellow throat, and darn, that name was already taken, and so that's why this guy, name-wise, should not be confused with the Common Yellowthroat.|
|A yellow-bellied sapsucker (another creative point withdrawn from those responsible for naming birds) shows off some wonderful camouflage with some lichen-covered bark.|
|We know this one is a female, males have a red bib on their throat, females lack this feature.|