Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Wilson's Warbler

I am very excited this morning to have stepped out to observe a lone, FOY Tree Swallow skimming the calm, early morning water's surface for tasty insects only to find a Wilson's Warbler (Wilsonia pusilla) in my budding maple tree on the corner of my property.  Although the Wilson's has been reported on the island in the past, I've never seen one here!!  And in MY yard!

He wasn't the easiest subject to photograph as he flitted around catching insects, but I managed to obtain a few.  It seemed just as I was in a good position, my resident Song Sparrows would fly in and chase
him to the other side of the tree, where undaunted, he just continued to feed.

He had a sweet little song, quite similar the the Yellow-rumps that have been hanging around for the last couple of days, but with a different ending.

According to Kenn Kaufman's Lives of  North American Birds, the Wilson's nests from coast to coast across Canada, but is far more common farther west.  In the east, it is seen in small numbers.  So I feel honored to have welcomed this spritely little warbler to my home.


lisaschaos said...

He's very cute! What a nice find!

Rambling Woods said...

Great find and I can hear your excitement...Michelle

Just Ramblin' said...

How exciting to find this little guy and to be able to get such awesome pictures. Nola

Carver said...

That is so exciting and you got a wonderful shot of him against the blue sky. I enjoyed this post very much.

MyMaracas said...

Such a pretty little bird! I love your banner, too - chickadees are my favorite bird.

I see you had a Baltimore Oriole too. I used to see those as a kid in West Virginia, but haven't laid eyes on another since. They make a marvelous nest, like a woven bag.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful bird and photos! Great sighitng! Someday I hope to see this cute little warbler.

The Early Birder said...

Hi Karen. What fun to find a another 'lifer' on your doorstep.

Verification was 'UNTAME'...how appropriate! FAB

christopher said...

As always...love the nature walk through your site.

NicoleB said...

What a bright Beauty!
A bit shy, uh?