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Waterworks and Warblers

Published September 03, 2012
Tags: My Feeders, American Redstart, Hooded Warbler, Green-throated Black Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, Philadelphia Vireo, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Northern Flicker, American Robin, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Eastern Wood-Pewee

After my excursion to Tifft the other day, I came home to fine a gorgeous, male Hooded Warbler in our maple tree.  I happened to have my camera with me and was able to grab a couple of quick shots before he flitted away.  Unfortunately, they didn't turn out great - and they left me hungering for MORE!  How to get these little guys to come to me???  They're not seed eaters, so what can I offer them?

I had an inspiration: water!  It's been such a hot summer, why not provide a little sprinkler action and make-shift pool?  I DO have a bird bath, but I think it's too close to the house for the comfort of many.  So, the next day, I set about my plan and got the hose and sprinkler set up, a big pan lid, and some stones to make my little bird "pool".  I also set up my photo dome close by and sat down to watch what would happen.

Wow - I think the birds thought this was the next best thing to WBU Bird Food!  I hadn't sat for more than 10 minutes when the first warbler showed up: a young Wilson's Warbler (a lifer!). Soon to follow was a Black-throated Green Warbler, and then another life-list addition, a Philadelphia Vireo!  What fun!  It was so much fun, I did it again the next day!

My Labor Day additions were: a female American Redstart, immature Chestnut-sided Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, and a young Magnolia Warbler.

I particularly enjoyed a few other bathers: a Blue Jay, a male Northern Flicker, and an American Robin. Gosh what fun for the birds and for me - I wish I thought of this back in June or July!
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Male Hooded Warbler - in our maple tree after my Tifft hike
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Eastern Wood-Pewee (a lifer) - also after my Tifft hike
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A Red-tailed Hawk flies over after I just saw the Eastern Phoebe and Hooded Warbler!
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Sunday's young Wilson's Warbler (another lifer!)
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Young Wilson's Warbler
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Young Wilson's Warbler
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Black-throated Green Warbler
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Black-throated Green Warbler
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Philadephia Vireo - a litte out of focus, but I had to publish it! It's a lifer!
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A male Purple Finch enjoyed the bird bath too
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American Robin - splish! splash! He enjoyed the bath!
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A Black-capped Chickadee really got into it too!
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A male Northern Flicker took full advantage too
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An immature Chestnut-sided Warbler
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Red-eyed Vireo
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Young Magnolia Warbler
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Young Magnolia Warbler
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An immature American Redstart - most likely a female?
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Immature American Redstart
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Many Blue Jays came to the new pool and created quite a splash when they got into it