Yellowthroat, Reflections and Dawn: May 2021

In summer, the Yellowthroat is one of our most common warblers, usually found in thickets near wet areas.

As they are so often concealed in underbrush. it is their “wichety-wichety-witchety-witch” call which betrays their presence around marches, bogs, and wet areas in fields and on roadsides.

Common Yellowthroat (male)
Common Yellowthroat (male)
Common Yellowthroat (male)
Common Yellowthroat (male)

MYSTERY BIRD

I will reveal it at the end of the post.

Today I include three photos:

With little wind today, many of my photos with water nearby include reflections.

Ring-billed Gull
Red-necked Grebe
Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow
American Goldfinch (male)
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Common Tern
Common Tern
Common Tern

Other birds:

American Robin
Yellow Warbler (male)
Yellow Warbler (male)
Yellow Warbler (male)
American Robin (juvenile)
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Common Tern
Common Tern
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Common Tern
Common Tern
Common Tern
Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebes
Barn Swallow
Brown-headed Cowbirds
American Goldfinch (male)
Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow
Red-necked Grebes
Tree Swallow
Mute Swans
Common Tern with fish
Common Tern
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Ring-billed Gull with fish
Warbling Vireo
Cedar Waxwing
Warbling Vireo
Baltimore Oriole (male)

Other nature:

Midges
Raccoon

With the middle of May being the best time of the year for colourful birds, I just can’t stay asleep and was out by the lakeshore at dawn. Here is how it looked.

MYSTERY BIRD

This bird has cinnamon wings and tail, a gray breast, yellow belly and a terrific name: Great Crested Flycatcher.

Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher

NATURE POETRY

Come rambling awhile through this exquisite weather
Of days that are fleet to pass,
When the stem of the willow shoots out a green feather,
And buttercups burn in the grass!                                        – Edgar Fawcett (1847–1904)

Miles Hearn

6 thoughts on “Yellowthroat, Reflections and Dawn: May 2021

  1. Rosemary Jeanes Antze

    The reflections are amazing, Miles. What a still morning of great beauty! Thanks so much for the morning treat for the eyes!

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  2. Lisa Volkov

    Ah, once again, the glorious dawn, in stages no less! I have been getting up really early myself to beat the heat (relatively speaking) to do a bit of walking with the dog before it is too much for him. Up at 5:30 today, out by 6:00–and it was already 19 degrees out there! But we did it.
    Gorgeous pictures of beautiful birds (and a racoon!)–of course! Thanks, Miles!

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  3. rosemarie fischer

    wonderful pictures,so many gorgeous birds,you really have a talent for capturing the beauty of the great outdoors!!! thank you Miles

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  4. Len Klochek

    Miles , I would have to repeat myself daily, but these were great photos. The dawn shots would look great blown up, framed, and on a wall.
    I love the mystery bird photos you post. I am scoring about 20%.

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  5. Heba

    Hello Miles:

    I just wanted to thank you for sharing these beauties. They bring me much needed hope and peace.
    I was introduced to your blog by a dear friend (Maria P.) and have since become a big fan.
    Thanks again!

    Reply

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