Sunday, May 13, 2012

Owl Woods • May 3

Black-throated Green Warbler. During the last week of this year's owl roost survey, migrating owls were absent, but migrating song birds were plentiful!

Black-throated Green Warbler. Wood warblers, like this Black-throated Green, usually spend their time high in the tree canopy, making them difficult to spot and photograph. However, they are usually very easy to hear. Once you learn their songs, you realize just how many warblers are overhead and how many kinds there are!

American Lady

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Last year gnatcatchers made a go of nesting in Oatka with a nest right over the dirt road leading into the woods. The nest appeared to be abandoned, however, before any eggs hatched (if eggs were produced in the first place). I do have a picture of the female sitting in the nest.

Wild Strawberry

Baltimore Oriole. Back on May 3rd this was my first or second photo-op of the season for these birds. I have since taken many pictures of orioles.

Baltimore Oriole