Sunday, May 17, 2009

Olive-sided Flycatcher at Belle Isle

Following a full day of birding at Magee Marsh, alias Crane Creek, with my friend Steve yesterday, this morning I went to Belle Isle with the idea of finding an Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi).  As clearly as I am able to recall, they have not been reported thus far this spring.  I did find my Olive-sided and when I got home I saw that two others had also seen Olive-sided Flycatchers in nearby birding locations.
The above two photos of the Olive-sided Flycatcher were the best of six.
I did not have a chance to photograph a Black-and-White Warbler (Mniotilta varia) at Magee Marsh yesterday, but got this one chance today.
The same is true for Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) yesterday.  This morning, despite the presence of many Ovenbirds at Belle Isle, just this one brief chance for a photo presented itself. 
Finally, as I was leaving, this Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) landed on the curb next to my car.  I rolled down my window and the bird stayed in place for two shutter clicks.   As it happens, Steve and I did not see even one Eastern Kingbird yesterday.  We spent some time in perfect kingbird habitat and even commented on their absence.
It was quite birdy this morning, but it was also cold and I was under-dressed for the chill.  Is it also possible that I was burned out from yesterday?  In addition to many of the the same warblers seen yesterday, I only heard a Hooded Warbler (Wilsonia citrina) this morning.  The woods this time of year (especially this year) are very swampy and I did not wade in to try to see the bird.  It was singing heartily, however.  We missed Hooded Warbler at Magee Marsh, so I was pleased to hear one this morning.

Quick, three beers! 

1 comment:

Jerry Jourdan said...

Nice OSFC, Cathy! And kudos on the Kirtland's Warbler!