Though I was unable to get a good photo of this morning’s Yellow-throated Vireo, the bird had all of the markings of this species: bright yellow throat, white wing bars and yellow “spectacles”.
Here is a photo from the National Audubon Society:
Yellow-throated Vireos are uncommon in mature deciduous forests. They feed on insects and larvae gleaned from leaves which is what these (there were two) were doing.
Today’s species list: double-crested cormorant, mallard, wood duck, red-tailed hawk, herring gull, ring-billed gull, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, eastern phoebe, tree swallow, Carolina wren, brown creeper, American robin, golden-crowned kinglet, ruby-crowned kinglet, yellow-throated vireo, red-winged blackbird, brown-headed cowbird, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, song sparrow. (21 species)
Golden-crowned Kinglets always show the golden crown but female Ruby-crowned Kinglets do not have a ruby crown and the males do not always display it:
This morning’s group on a mild (13 degrees at the start) and cloudy morning:
Some scenes from the area:
Some early spring botany:
Oh, well the world is dreaming
Under the April Moon,
Her soul in love with beauty,
Her senses all a-swoon! – William Bliss Carman (1861–1929)
Great shots and lovely choice of poetry as tonight (early tomorrow morning actually) is the Full Pink Moon.