All the research done lately points to people finally discovering that birds are indeed a lot smarter than we ever gave them credit for. My personal theory is that somewhere along the line people realized certain birds were smarter than they were and started on that “bird-brain” campaign to make them appear inferior. Now if somebody calls you Bird Brain, take it as a compliment!
For all the attention I’ve been paying to birds lately I’d like to think some of their smarts have rubbed off on me… But it’s hard to think about anything else, so I don’t know how that computes.
This post features photographs of warblers taken late last week downtown and at LaBagh Woods Forest Preserve on Sunday. The Black-Throated Blue above came as a surprise when I was going through the photos last night, as it was in a small flock containing Wilson’s and Magnolias and I was just trying to capture anything that moved.
The morning started out very slow at LaBagh, it was cool and cloudy, but I stuck it out and later as the sun came out the birds did too.
We had two days of hot spring and now we’re having cold, almost March-like weather. So I’m trying to cheer myself up a little bit with brightly-colored birds.
Perhaps two of the best were downtown last Thursday at the Aon Building.
Some of these guys don’t appear fully molted out into their brightest colors, but it has been a long time since I’ve seen a Golden-Winged Warbler.
The flowers are all gone from these trees now, but for a moment we had spring.
There are more photos to discover, and I hope to be back with them soon. In a way it’s good the weather is so awful I’m not out taking more pictures, so I get a little catch-up time.
These is a good looking group of pictures Lisa, I wish I was there too and get all those beauties for my list of birds! 🙂
Thanks, HJ! I’ve had to use manual focus a lot because of the branches in the way and the iffy light, just to get an image, so it’s really hit or miss (and that’s why I see people staking out trees with a tripods, but I can’t manage that). You must get warblers too somewhere, but a lot earlier than we do?
Unfortunately in my area not I hardly seen one or two warblers. Can’t have them all you know…:)
Sorry to hear that. Georgia is a big state, but I would think with all your habitat you’d get quite a few. It’s definitely hard to predict where the fallouts will be. Don’t give up, with climate change more birds may be coming your way!
Aw…Please! You sound like Al Gore! 🙂
You stoked my curiosity. I Googled “Al Gore and birds” and found that he has a method for hypnotizing chickens:
Your brightly coloured birds cheered me up. Thank you.
You are most welcome, and thank you. I will try to find more for you!