Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Name that migrant answer

So what was the answer to the photo in this post? Why this cool Blue-headed Vireo...

It was near the entrance to Stratford Point, only giving me an occasional glance from its safe place in the tree tops. A couple of Golden-crowned Kinglets were much more cooperative, as usual, coming to within arm's reach. However, being so close can make it tough to photograph them, especially when they're moving so quickly from branch to branch.

If you were unsure on that other bird, it was named a Yellow-rumped Warbler for an obvious reason. Both that and the Blue-headed Vireo certainly have names with origins we can readily understand as opposed to some other more complex explanations (Dark-eyed Junco anyone?) Check back here soon for HD video of a fall migrant who stopped by my house a few days ago, the first of the season for me. Here's a hint - it did a little dancing.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation Technician

Photo © Scott Kruitbosch

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