Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Mourning Warbler

Like Bill of the Birds, I am hosting a male Mourning Warbler in my backyard. He showed up about a week ago and I am assuming that the bird still hanging around has been the same individual. I have been trying to get a photo of him since he arrived but the light has not been the best until the last couple of days. Today when I got home from work he was foraging in the open a bit more and the sun was out for a bit. I was able to catch up to him for a few photos.

Mourning Warblers are rare but regular migrants in Northeastern Montana. It was one of the few rather rare but regular warblers I was able to find so far this spring. It is even more unusual to have one hang out for this long. Usually it is a matter of minutes before most of the warblers move through the yard on their way someplace else.


Julie Zickefoose said...

Oooh, John, you killed us on that mourning warbler. Our photos are crud. Our bird didn't hang around until the light was better. Next year, I guess!

John Carlson said...

Thanks Julie. I didn't show the rest of the pile of photos I took of this guy the week he was here. This was about the only one worth posting.