Philadelphia Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

I guess I’m just lucky when these Vireo’s come down to the pond instead of hanging around in the tree tops, or rather I’m lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. Either way, this Philadelphia gave me a “hey, look at me” look and snap went the shutter, gotcha! I believe I’ve had other vireo’s besides this one, the Warbling vireo and the Red-eyed vireo, but I’m still learning. Hopefully next time they all come through I’ll capture another variety. Till then, Happy Birding Everyone!


Back on Mackinac! 6/4/2014

Bree's Connecting the Dots

My face is so sore from grinning all day – every day – since we arrived on Sunday afternoon, I will probably have to have face therapy when we get back to Georgia.  At first it was a little rainy, then a little windy, then a little chilly – but we couldn’t care less.  We have been on a permanent Mackinac high, and it could snow for all we care – wouldn’t faze us a bit!

All the clouds and showers and wind disappeared this morning, and it was one of those sunny, crystal clear Michigan early summer days.  There’s been very little indoor time – all we’ve wanted to do was get outside and enjoy every minute.

There’s so much to talk about!  I’ve been very busy with my free lance work with Original Murdick’s Fudge, and for those of you who’ve been checking their web site each day for…

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Black-throated Green Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Even though these sweet warblers have left, I still have a few photos to show. I especially like how the morning sun captured this pretty warbler and that he took the time for me to snap that picture. It was a really good spring and had quite the variety of warblers and vireos, along with the other pretty migrants. They say all good things must come to an end and I suppose this had to as well. It’s still a nice time of year, but my intensity of being outside with my camera by my side has come to an end for this year, but I will still be posting occasionally here and there. In the meantime, Happy Birding Everyone!

It’s a Vireo!

Warbling Vireo

Along with my Warblers that come through, there are Vireo’s, also insect eaters, that show up and they’re also a little bird, generally chunkier and less active than warblers, but definitely fun to spot. This is a Warbling Vireo and there are quite a few varieties of Vireo’s and I’m still learning them, so if you see that I’ve made a misidentification…..feel free to correct me. In the meantime, Happy Birding Everyone!

Oh Canada, Oh Canada!

Canada Warbler

Here is a shot of the Canada Warbler. I always think of this bird with the black pearl necklace. He is really a very striking bird and I’m thrilled he showed up this year after being absent for the past couple of migrations. I got some really nice captures of this little guy bathing in our pond and made me realize I’ll have to do a bird bath theme and print some photos. It is sad now that the majority of these birds have left, but I still keep my eyes peeled looking for them flitting here and there in the tree tops. Now that the tree canopy is filled out now, I’ll have to wait for them to come down for their drink or bath to get that close up look. Happy Birding Everyone!

Hello Mr. Wilson!

Wilson's Warbler

Maybe not the best photo of this warbler, known as a Wilson’s Warbler, but he’s pretty much olive coloring above and yellow below with a black cap. This is only the 2nd time I’ve had this bird visit my yard when I was able to view him.  Yep, I got excited to see him again. I sat outside for most of the day yesterday and I spotted only two warblers. I’m sad to say they most definitely are onto their breeding grounds. Oh well, I have fall to look forward to when they return, but then they aren’t in their breeding plumage and tougher to tell what breed I’m looking at. For now though, Happy Birding Everyone!

I’m No Chickadee….

Blackpoll Warbler

I’m a beautiful Blackpoll Warbler! This little guy was also a visitor to our backyard this Spring. Once I see the Black and White Warbler, I’m always on the lookout for the Blackpoll. He is so cool looking. I’m truly running out of words to describe how much I love to see these birds come in and through our yard each springtime. I know it’s slowly coming to an end, but I haven’t given up looking for a new species to appear. Enjoy these birds while you can if your anywhere around their migratory paths. In the meantime, Happy Birding Everyone!

Still More Warblers..

Yellow Warbler

Again, this beautiful Yellow Warbler also showed up this spring! How beautiful are they? I just feeled so blessed and lucky these beautiful creatures find our yard and pond and come down so we can view them closely. Im afraid that  many warblers I’ve seen this spring is now starting to dwindle and head north to breeding grounds. Yesterday afternoon when I was finally able to sit down, there was little activity around but I did spy a a Least Flycatcher and a Warbling Vireo high up in the tree canopy. Well, now that my planting of my annuals are done, I’ll be able to just sit again and observe what comes to the yard. Happy Birding Everyone!

It’s Golden Around the Yard!

Golden-winged warbler

This has been a great spring bringing many different warblers to our backyard. This Golden-winged Warbler has been hanging around for several days and he makes me very happy! It’s fun when you can spy these little guys when hunting for insects and you really get a feel for their size when they catch a bug and begin to devour it. Thankfully, then they get thirsty and come down to our pond and birdbath to quench their thirst. Well, I’m back at it again today……heading out early to see what I can see. Happy Birding Everyone!

What a Treat!!

Bay-breasted warbler

This is why I love to watch birds…..when that “new” bird species comes into the yard and also happens to be a warbler, what more could you ask for! Here is a Bay-breasted Warbler and a beauty he is! I’ve been fortunate to see him a few times in the yard, but so far this is the only clear photo I’ve been able to get. Now that I’ve said that, I hope he comes in close again and I can get that close up capture. Keep your fingers crossed everyone and Happy Birding!

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