Thursday, June 10, 2010

Common Yellowthroat

Picture taking opportunities are starting to dry up as Summer approaches. This is due to a couple of factors. First, the Spring migration is pretty much complete reducing the number of birds and their activity. And they are less accessible because of tree foliage and grass growth. One bird I have been hearing a lot lately is the Common Yellowthroat. Only trouble is "hearing" is not necessarily "seeing".
Along the north service road, west of the outlook at TRNWR, there is a short stretch that tends to be more active with a few birds. I've seen Lazuli Buntings, Cedar Waxwings, Rufous Hummingbirds and Yellowthroats fairly reliably and within close range of the trail.
The sequence of pictures above are of a female Yellowthroat that I saw along this stretch. It was less obstructed sitting in this Blackberry brier than it would have been in a bush or heavy grass. It sat there long enough for me to get several shoots off.
Note the insect in its beak.

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