Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Kirtland's Warbler and Other Spring Birds


I love spring migration! To the surprise and delight of birders and nature photographers, a rare bird, the Kirtland's Warbler, visited Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary in Chicago for two days in May.

Below are a series of photographs taken during the 2015 spring season.


The brilliant blue plumage of a singing Indigo Bunting


A Hooded Warbler explores the ground for insects


A Golden-winged Warbler shows off its stunning markings


A handsome American Redstart feeds at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary


A golden beauty ~ Yellow Warbler


A striking Black-throated Green Warbler hunts among the spring foliage


Seeking sustenance ~ Prothonotary Warbler


A pretty Blue-winged Warbler looks for nourishment


A common spring sight ~ Palm Warbler


Searching for food amid the green leaves ~ Canada Warbler


A beautiful Magnolia Warbler feeds around the interior tree branches


A female Baltimore Oriole delights in blooming tree buds


Flitting from branch to branch ~ American Redstart (female)


On the hunt for a buggy snack ~ Wilson's Warbler


An endangered Kirtland's Warbler surprises us with his glorious presence


33 comments:

Marco Luijken said...

Hey Julie,
What a wonderful post. Great all these different kind of birds.
They are really fantastic with their beautiful colors and so special to see for me. I really enjoy this.

Many greetings,
Marco

JRandSue said...

What a fantastic collection,all are without doubt brilliant captures,but,your last image of the Kirtlands Warbler is the Jewel in the Crown.
John.

Gillian Olson said...

Wonderful post, beautiful shots of all the birds and what a collection!

Bas said...

Geweldig om zoveel mooie gekleurde vogels bij elkaar te zien.

Daniel LaFrance said...

You keep outdoing yourself; a stunning series of spring migrants.

Hello... National Geographic! :)

TexWisGirl said...

my goodness, always a pleasure to see a post from you! you get a wide variety of warblers, there and take smashing photos of them to share with us!

Pierre Cenerelli said...

These photos are spectacular! I am so jealous of the beautiful birds you can capture in your neck of the woods. Metro Vancouver is a great place to do birding, but we lack some of the more spectacular warblers and finches seen east of the Rockies.

Kathie Brown said...

Just gorgeous, Julie!

Chris Rohrer said...

Julie, I need to learn from you. One of the most difficult birds for me to photograph are the warblers. I think they are such pretty birds but they are so difficult. These pics are sharp and wonderful! The Kirtland's is a real treat! Congrats!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Julie,
Quite amazing indeed for being able to capture such a wide variety of warblers. The combination with fresh and lush green makes your photos brilliant!
Hugs to you,
Mariette

Tinie said...

Wow, this is beautiful !!!!
What a beautiful colorful birds you there.
Nice to see.
Greetings Tinie

PoetessWug said...

All beauties...as usual! :-)

Weekend Cowgirl said...

This is pure inspiration! Love owl in last post also... they are my favorite.

Ruth Hiebert said...

This is a wonderful collection of bird photos.Each one captured in a charming way.

Juliana said...

Adorable collection of photos!

xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :)

Bob Bushell said...

You and the Warblers, fantastic. I LOVE 'em.

Maria S. said...

Amazing photos Julie. Beautiful bird collection!

Debbie said...

i tried to pick a favorite, it could not be done and i don't know why i try!! your images are so very beautiful, catching them in the trees, surrounded by pretty foliage is so amazing!!! i do love when we/you catch them singing!!!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Julie, a gorgeous collection of warblers and beautiful images. Congrats on the Kirtland's Warbler visit.. Awesome post. Enjoy your Monday and the week ahead!

Ela said...

Oh, this is a gorgeous collection of bird photos !
Greetings

Stephanie Rickman said...

Amazing photos! What a collection of beautiful birds!

Guy said...

Hi Julie

I love the delicate beauty of all the warblers you photographed but the bunting is just a wonder. What a vivid blue.

Thanks for sharing these images with us.
Guy

Juliana said...

OMG! that blue bird is amazing!!!))) love it!!

xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Julie,
Just thinking about you early August. Big hug!
Mariette

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António Jesus Batalha said...

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reparei que tem aqui um bom blog, feito com carinho.Posso dizer que gostei do que li e desde já quero dar-lhe os parabéns, decerto que virei aqui mais vezes.
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Ela said...

I miss your beautiful posts and photos, Julie !
I hope you'll come back to blogging soon !
Greetings

Manuel Luis said...

Diamantes da natureza, alimentam-se dos indesejáveis e ainda por cima são tão mal tratados pelo ser humano. Uma bonita selecção do teu bom trabalho.
Boas festas.
Bj

Ela said...

Merry Christmas !!

Doris Gayle said...

So many pretty things on your list! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Manuel Luis said...

Passei para uma visita e deixo aqui um abraço e um beijo.
Saúde

Juliana said...

Juicy colors! love it
xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :)