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Yellow-throated Warbler in Evangola State Park

Published April 29, 2013
Tags: Life List Happenings, Yellow-throated Warbler, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Towhee, Red-headed Woodpecker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, House Wren

A rare appearance of a Yellow-throated Warbler was reported in Evangola State Park today. My late afternoon meeting was postponed, so I decided to take the opportunity and see if I could locate this beautiful warbler.

I joined Sal, who had been looking for awhile - and we were soon joined by 2 others: Jim Pawlicki and I believe Brendan? We saw 2 Brown Thrashers, several Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and, for the icing on the cake, we saw a Red-headed Woodpecker!  Finally, after searching the trees for about an hour or so with no luck for the warbler, Jim and his friend left. Soon, Sal left - and finally, I decided to call it quits too. I went towards the lake to look for the Red-headed Woodpecker who had flown in that direction - and saw an Osprey, I believe, flying along the bank.

As I headed back towards my car, my eye caught movement and a flash of yellow in one of the trees that lined the drive. Sure enough, it was the Yellow-throated Warbler! I was only able to grab a few photos before he flew off.  One turned out pretty decent too - and it revealed the fact that this bird was of the Yellow-lored subspecies, the Yellow-throateds that are from the southeastern portion of their range. The other subspecies is a White-lored and these birds are also in the eastern US, but come from the western interior part of their range. What a great lifer!

Back home, one of our House Wrens has finally returned and is setting up house in one of the new bird houses we set up. I thought I heard him yesterday and sure enough, they're BACK!  No Gray Catbirds yet though... 

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Yellow-throated Warbler (male, Yellow-lored subspecies)
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Yellow-throated Warbler
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Yellow-throated Warbler
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Yellow-throated Warbler
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Very poor shot of a Red-headed Woodpecker
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet
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Brown Thrasher
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Brown Thrasher
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Brown Thrasher
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Eastern Towhee
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House Wren starting nest building
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S/he was at this all morning!
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Looking for more nest material
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Time to get some more!
Reply from: Carl Carbone on 4/29/2013 9:45 PM
 Awesome shots on the yellow-throated, Sue!
Reply from: Donna on 4/29/2013 10:12 PM
 You really have some beautiful photos of birds.
Reply from: Ann Powell on 5/3/2013 10:52 AM
 Nice picture of a yellow throat. I had a pair of Carolina wrens yesterday at my feeder singing away. They are one of my favorites I would love to accompany you sometime at Knox Farm if possible. I think it would be fun and I can be very quiet.