Sunday, April 11, 2010
Kinglets and Palm Warbler
The swamp has receded and the path by the Charles has dried up dramatically. It's amazing how fast that happened.
The tree swallows are everywhere and have staked out practically every nestbox in the whole park. No sign of our bluebirds today. I worry about them getting pushed out. I guess we'll have to see what happens. It looked so promising the last few weeks, but the tree swallows were only just arriving. They're quite a force to be contended with.
My big thrill today was much time spent watching a ruby-crowned kinglet(s)? in the upper gardens. These guys are awfully hard to photograph as they rarely sit still for a second (photo above left). I finally got to hear what it sounds like really clearly. But I'm also excited because I saw something else that I was sure was a warbler but not sure which one. I thought it might be a palm warbler, but it wasn't as dramatic looking as I've seen - yellow breast, olivey back, and yellow streaks above (and below?) eye. Luckily, I met a couple of very experienced birders afterwards and we discussed and decided it had to be the palm warbler.
Can't wait to see what else turns up….