Yellow Warbler

Resigned to the fact that I was gonna see nuthin’ today, I pouted along, I mean, plodded along. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know this is usually when something spectacular happens. Like clockwork Mother Nature said, I think it’s time for… let’s see here, ahh- how about a bush full of baby Yellow Warblers to prove this guy wrong yet again. Literally the moment I gave up for the day, I heard a Yellow Warbler in the bush I was walking past and upon further inspection, I spotted three babies and a mother scrambling to stuff those little yellow faces with food! I love that there are baby warblers at the Celery Bog.

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Palm Warbler

Not far from that bend in the narrow trail where I encountered a Yellow-rumped Warbler last week, today I came upon an extremely friendly Palm Warbler. It’s a funny thing about the palms and yellow rumps: they’re always first to arrive in the spring and last to leave, and in greater numbers than all the rest. They are always willing to ham it up for the camera too, and that makes this one happy bird guy!

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White-throated Sparrow

Amid the chaos of another spring warbler migration I heard a tiny “chirp” and it made me smile. While the warblers beg for attention this time of year, demand it really, the White-throated Sparrow patiently waits. Politely and periodically he lets out a tiny “chirp” as his way of saying take your time, I’ll be perched right here. It’s usually a fancy little perch too, adorned with flowers, fruits or vines, or leaves that have turned some amazing color. Patiently he waits for me on his fancy little perch.

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Muskrat Monday

I haven’t seen much of the muskrats in the past month or two, and then this morning I spotted this tiny little fuzzball. It’s hard to tell from the photo but he’s about the size of a baseball, that makes him really young. It looks like mama’s keeping him preoccupied with a nice salad while she goes off to do whatever it is that mama muskrats do first thing in the morning.

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Yellow-rumped Warbler

I came around the bend in a narrow trail at the Celery Bog and that’s when I saw him, clear at the other end. It was a Yellow-rumped Warbler wearing all his fanciest duds! The way he was perched in relation to the trail left me with basically no shot, unless he would allow me to stand right smack dab in front of him. Hey, warblers are super friendly, this just might work, I thought as I approached carefully. Another five feet, hold on bird! Shhh! This is usually the point when they fly away giggling as I stand there muttering nasty birding words under my breath, but he didn’t! Now I’m ten feet away, taking as many photos as I possibly can, and he didn’t budge. Not until I was finished filming did he slowly move away from the area. What a super friendly little warbler.

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Black-throated Green Warbler

Well, the warbler migration is pretty much finished for this spring and that makes me a little bit sad. It’s usually somewhat of a brief affair and this spring was no different, but there for a couple of weeks it was just, wow, simply amazing! Warbler #12 of my splendiferous spring warbler migration is this proud little Black-throated Green Warbler. Look at my froat! Look at my fro-ho-ho-ho-hoat! He sure was proud of that throat, every time I ran into him he made sure I could see that big beautiful froat, ahem, I mean throat. Hee?

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Philadelphia Vireo

Dee da dee dee dee da dee dee, we interrupt your regularly scheduled spring warbler migration to bring you this breaking news: a Philadelphia Vireo has just shown up on location here at the Celery Bog! Vireos, they’ve always gotta make a grand entrance! This is the sixth vireo species I’ve photographed at the bog in the past three years and the 143rd bird species total. Now THAT’S news!

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Groundhog

I still can’t get my head around the fact that groundhogs are woodland creatures and they live in the woods surrounding the Celery Bog. I was walking along today and encountered two of them engaged in an intense game of tag. It was entertaining to watch until they both came charging down the trail at me! Well, they missed and I already had the shot, so I turned around and tip-toed outta there! So big… and fast! I couldn’t believe how fast those giant ground squirrels could run!

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Blackpoll Warbler

I heard a story once about a black and white stripey bird with bright orange feet called the male Blackpoll Warbler. It’s just a myth really, because I know for a fact that such a bird doesn’t exi-GAH! Bright orange feet!?! Black and white stripey warbler!?! They DO exist! The female Blackpoll Warbler is a cute little pale yellow bird. They alway come up to say hello and ask about the family; a real friendly bird. The males, not so much. Before today I’d only seen glimpses of them, just enough to think that maybe the myth, the legend is true.

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Red-headed Woodpecker

Hey, someone just scooched behind that tree! I wonder who it is. So I scooched a bit until he came into view; it’s a Red-headed Woodpecker! As I beared down on him with my camera, he scooched again! Rats. So I scooched again, and again he scooched. We scooched dang near all the way around that tree before he gave in and allowed me to get a shot, and what a dandy it is! I felt like I’d bothered him enough for one day, but as I turned to leave he flew over to the tree I was leaning against, just out of arms reach! I got the distinct feeling that he had as much fun scooching that day as I did.

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Raccoon

Oh boy, I thought I was looking at a dead raccoon hanging out of that tree, but then a squirrel scurried past and I noticed her ears twitch. Whew, not dead! Oh boy, that can only mean one thing: she’s stuck! I should climb up there and pull her out of that tree, she’s clearly reaching out to me for help! Wait a minute, she’s not stuck, she’s nursing. There are four or five of the cutest little furry bandits in that tree right now, bellied up to the buffet bar, and hopefully I’ll be photographing them in the very near future.

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Great Crested Flycatcher

In my experience the Great Crested Flycatcher would rather be heard and not seen, calling out from the privacy of the treetops, so imagine my surprise today when he was down low in this single tree behind the Lilly Nature Center. In case there’s any confusion as to why this bird is known as the Great Crested Flycatcher, just look at the size of that head! Errr, I mean crest, look at that crest. And don’t call them fat headed flycatchers, we, I mean they don’t like being called fat heads.

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