Warblers

Headed out for a short walk today in Boundary Bay. To a wooded area adjacent to the airport with warblers in mind. Not having had much luck with Orange-crowned Warblers the last few days I was encouraged to hear some calling. Sure makes it easier to locate these tiny birds when they are vocalizing.

Orange-crowned Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler

Finally managed to get one while it was foraging a little more out in the open.

Orange-crowned Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler

It was not there long, but I did manage a couple of shots.

When returning to the same area a little later, I caught a glimpse of something brighter. It too was foraging amongst the branches, but I eventually got a good enough look to determine it was a Wilson’s Warbler. Another warbler I have had fleeting glimpses of the last few days, but no photos.

Wilson's Warbler
Wilson's Warbler

Waiting patiently, it too eventually made a brief appearance in the open.

After the previous photo misses, hopefully this is a sign of better things to come with these little guys.

A Little Variety Today

For some it is still nest building time.

Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow

Here a Barn Swallow is gathering nesting material.

Canada Goose
Canada Goose

For others, new arrivals are here.

Wood Duck
Wood Duck

A little better luck today with getting a Wood Duck family together.

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)

Yellow-rumped Warblers were busy hawking for insects from the trees.

Rufous Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird

While watching and photographing the warblers,

Rufous Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird

… this Rufous Hummingbird stopped briefly on a branch before flying off.

Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird

And this Red-winged Blackbird paused momentarily in the cattails.

There were also a few Orange-crowned Warblers around. I located and stuck with one to try and get a photo. Unlike the Yellow-rumped which would sit in the open, the Orange-crowned were foraging for insects amongst the branches of the trees.

Orange-crowned Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler

This one never came completely out in the open and this was the best I could do today. Such is the life of bird photography, but there is always next time.