Yellowstart at Ashbridge’s Bay: May 23, 2022

My grandfather, Dr. J. Murray Speirs, always referred to the female American Redstart as a “Yellowstart”.

Males are black above, with fiery orange wedges on the tail, wings and sides and white belly.

American Redstart
American Redstart (male)

Females and young have the black replaced with olive-gray, and the orange patches with yellow ones.

American Redstart (female)

I had a good look at two females, likely juveniles, this morning at Ashbridge’s Bay:

American Redstart (female)
American Redstart (female)
American Redstart (female)
American Redstarts (female)
American Redstart (female)
American Redstart (female)

Other birds:

Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Mourning Dove
Tree Swallow
Gadwall (male)
Tree Swallow
Warbling Vireo
Mourning Dove
Tree Swallow
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Eastern Wood Pewee
Warbling Vireo
American Goldfinch (male)
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Ring-billed Gull
Rough-winged Swallow
Mute Swan
Baltimore Oriole (female)
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Northern Parula Warbler
Common Grackle
Northern Parula Warbler
Oriole nest
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Double-crested Cormorant
Northern Parula Warbler

Other nature:

Raccoon
Moon
Raccoon

NATURE POETRY

What can better please,
When your mind is well at ease,
Than a walk among the green fields in May?   – William Allingham (1824–89)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Yellowstart at Ashbridge’s Bay: May 23, 2022

  1. Monica

    How moving your see all the beautiful pictures, and the poem to read, all to stir the soul after a lovely Victoria Day weekend, where so many of these delights I also saw.

    Now I have a resource to look forward to receiving, to help me learn more.

    Thanks for all you do,

    Monica

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