A Rare Black-throated Green Warbler

At Heron Watch on Saturday as we where setting up the observation site a fellow birder stopped by to inform us of a rare Black-throated Green Warbler near the waterfall, despite our efforts on the bird walk we could unfortunately not find him. Thankfully another chance opened up as on Monday the bird was respotted by many people right next to the Heron Watch observation site (now that would’ve been convenient on Saturday.) And so Tuesday afternoon I ended up looking for this fairly rare bird after school. I hope you enjoy the pictures I took and happy reading!

First up is our featured bird, a gorgeous and rare Black-throated Green Warbler whom I re-spotted. When I got there considering how secretive Warblers where I was hoping to not have to search for the Warbler and instead rely on someone whom was already watching the bird (considering how many people had seen it) only no one was looking for it. I was honestly getting ready to simply look for the Owl nest (which ain’t bad either) on Strawberry Hill only when I turned my head towards some trees I saw him! From there things got better as photos where snapped, more Birders arrived to see it, and people inquired upon what we where looking at. A major challenge with this photo was that the bird was extremely active and never stopped for very long. Thankfully luck once again was on my side and I managed to by some miracle get a pretty decent photo of him! Like with all rarities, todays fun fact will be about there range. According to my National Geographic Bird Guide in summer they breed in forests from northwest British Columbia to Massachusetts, and south through the Appalachians to northern Alabama. They then winter in southern Texas and southern Florida in the US, but also in parts of the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico elsewhere.

Next up is a photo I snapped as I was getting ready to leave of two Tree Swallows whom seemed to be fighting with each other. While this photo wasn’t challenging, I had a hard time deciding how much I should zoom in, however quickly found this amount to be the best. Here’s a fascinating fact about them from All About Birds:

Migrating and wintering Tree Swallows can form enormous flocks numbering in the hundreds of thousands. They gather about an hour before sunset and form a dense cloud above a roost site (such as a cattail marsh or grove of small trees), swirling around like a living tornado. With each pass, more birds drop down until they are all settled on the roost.

Our last photo for today is a closeup of this Black-crowned Night-heron whom I spotted fly onto a perch right as I was about to leave, and I of course couldn’t help but take his picture. A challenge with this photo was getting an angle that didn’t make the bird obscured or have glare. After a little bit of turning and thinking I eventually found the perfect place to photograph him from. Did you know that these birds leave the nest at 1 month old, only they have to rely on walking to get around until their 6 months old!?

Thanks for reading my post! I hope you enjoyed hearing about my adventure and seeing the pictures I took! I have two quick announcements, first of all my friend Joachim also went to check out the Warbler Wednesday afternoon, and I encourage you to check out his post here. Second of all I’d like to re-announce that I’ll be going to Mount Diablo with my Club this weekend, and to get some nocturnal birds we’ll start at the crazy hour of 4:15am! Look out for Bells Sparrow, Calliope Hummingbird, Lazuli Bunting, Hermit Warbler, and other exciting migratory and breeding birds! Again I hope you enjoyed my post and I’ll see you soon!


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