Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Birds of Mystic Lake of the Vermilon River. A Post to WBW.

American Redstart- Male.


American Redstart.


The hike to Mystic Lake, which I posted yesterday for My Tuesday if you want to see it, started off really promising with some photos of these Redstarts. Redstarts are members of the Warbler family. In fact Mystic Lake added to my warbler count so I'll have to post a warbler page soon. These guys are hard to photograph as they're small, flighty and good at hiding in the thickening forest.

American Redstart.


Chestnut-sided Warbler


Chestnut-sided Warbler.




You can readily see why They're called chestnut sided with that distinctive stripe. Needless to say they're high in a tree and the wind is blowing.


Nashville Warbler
 

Nashville Warbler.




This guy caught me by surprise as I though he was an American Goldfinch at first because of the yellow. Nashvilles are recognizable by the white eye ring and the white on their yellow chest.

Hermit Thrush


Hermit Thrush




The Hermit Thrushes are common here as are Swainson's.

White-crowned Sparrows appear to be the largest of the sparrows and these fellows appear to be the latest arriving back home.

White-crowned Sparrow.


Common Grackle.


Chipping Sparrow


Canada Goose.



The Chipping Sparrow was in a tree on the shoreline of the Lake. I was also right as the aquatics have sought other areas to nest as the Vermilon was in flood.
Turkey Vulture or Buzzard.





This is even a better close up as his distinctive red mottled head is visible. To get the shot I was sharing space with his dinner, the remains of a rabbit. Click on the photo to enlarge it.





A Post to WBW @ http://pine riverreview.blogspot.com/

21 comments:

  1. Excellent series of photos Gary. Really like those Redstarts.

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  2. A great set of images of your lovely wildlife.
    The Redstart is a real beauty.

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  3. Your redstarts are real beauty! So many nice and special shots from you!

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  4. Love the redstarts and the last one, beautiful!!
    Have a nice day :)

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  5. Great collection of birds. The Male redstart is a beauty.

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  6. Many cool birds as usual!Having a great time,aren't you?

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  7. Another great shoot for you, Gary!! Beautiful Redstarts and Warblers...

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  8. Excellent set Gary! Warblers sure are a tough catch. Your photos are brilliant!

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  9. The male Redstart captures are fabulous. You are right about them being shy. I have only been able to get a shot of a female in my bird bath...2 years ago.

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  10. You get to see so many varieties... cool captures.

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  11. I love redstarts, but so far I have seen none in sweden. :( Great birds as usual Gary.

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  12. Once again a great set of images. Beautiful!

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  13. Wonderful group of images! The Redstart is a pretty little bird.

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  14. Nice group of birds Gary! The American Redstart photos are super!

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  15. Another great series of shots Gary!

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  16. Your photos are excellent! Great warblers and your redstarts have a bright orange the ones around here its a dark almost red orange...The trees leaf out so fast here I hear way more than I see these days--

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  17. beautiful set of shots. I really enjoyed watching! :)

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  18. You live in a paradise for photographing birds, that's for sure!

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  19. Lovely shots. The Redstart really is striking.

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