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snostorm May 18, 2008 10:04 PM

Hi All,

Seems like 5/18 is a good birding day! I went out with the expressed goal of shooting some warblers, and the Ipod delivered! They're still hard to shoot, and I rarely got any shots a under 20 feet, so these are all cropped significantly. I used both the FA*300/4.5 alone and the SP 300/2.8 + 1.7x AFA since there were heavy clouds for the most part.

The first is my best shot so far of an American Redstart.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2078/...922f8a84_o.jpg

This is a pretty extreme crop of a Common Yellowthroat
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2283/...0c32f641_o.jpg

Yellow Warbler
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2370/...6918f80b_o.jpg

Another pretty extreme crop -- and a hard capture. Wilson's Warbler
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2129/...29e503d3_o.jpg

I'm tentatively IDing this one as a Tennessee Warbler. Any help would be appreciated.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3082/...92be8223_o.jpg

Magnolia Warbler
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2104/...8de6e771_o.jpg

First ever Black and White Warbler! When I first spotted it, it looked like a miniature Downy WP.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3167/...45da215b_o.jpg

Here's another questionable ID -- Orange Crowned Warbler. Again any help would be appreciated.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3043/...61850d7e_o.jpg

This last one's got me stumped! The black patch is only on its left side in front of the yellow streak. There were at least 3 of these flitting around, so it's not a freak.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3198/...8be5f7a1_o.jpg

Somebody help me with these ID's -- these little guys pretty much just pass through, so I don't get to see them that often.

Thanks for taking a look -- probably took a long time to load, but I just couldn't help it. . . I also got some decent Cardinals and Goldfinches, but the Warblers just blew me away --

Scott

Trojansoc May 18, 2008 10:37 PM

Fantastic series, Scott. The Redstart is my favorite, but it's simply amazing to get this many varieties of warblers in one shot.

Just looking at my Sibley's, I would probably guess Palm Warbler on the one with the rufous crown. On the orange-crowned warbler, a note is made that the orange crown is rarely seen in the field. On either one, the range is correct.

On the other one, have you considered the possibility of a fledgling? I can't confirm it with a guide, but this guy looks just like the Eastern Phoebes that took off from their nest on our front porch about two weeks ago, although I can't say whether they had the little black mark (Although Sibley's does show a "smudge" at that point on a juvenile Eastern Phoebe.)

Remember, I'm often wrong.

Paul

Rodney9 May 18, 2008 11:20 PM

Nice series, No 1 is the standout.

Lyrics51 May 19, 2008 12:20 AM

Great stuff, Scott. I like #2 the best because of the expression. He looks like he's been caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

Glenn


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