Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Chestnut-sided Warblers at Camp

While my mom was here visiting from Florida we headed north to my favorite camping spot, way up in the tip of Minnesota's Arrowhead, just a few miles from Canada as the raven flies.

That trip, which was much longer than expected due to the single road being flooded by an overly ambitious beaver, is worthy of its own post, but for now I'll share images of a friendly Chestnut-sided Warbler that was just down the gravel road from our site.

Chestnut-sideds really are beautiful birds - they look handpainted to me.


There was a pair nesting in a clump of alders just off the road. We didn't look for the nest so as to not stress the birds, but we did enjoy watching them frantically flying back and forth as they collected bugs for their hungry youngsters.


I love their mustached face from the front:



After some time away I'm very happy to be reuniting with other bird lovers for Wild Bird Wednesday. Be sure to check out their posts, too!




25 comments:

  1. They are incredibly colorful, Tammi.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Maria. Can't wait to see your next amazing flower study!

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  2. what a beautiful bird and your images of it are excellent.

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  3. Great looking bird - and any camp site that can be cut off by a beaver flood must be some place!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. LOL - yes, that could be a screening tool used in deciding whether or not the campsite is worth getting to: Can you be stranded by an ambitious beaver? :-) Thanks for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday!

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  4. These pictures make us appreciate just how gorgeous this common warbler is.

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    1. It's always great to see such a splash of color up here. Thanks for visiting, Gunilla!

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  6. Your description of those birds as "hand painted" is perfect! They are beautiful birds and your photos are great. Lovely to be able to watch them carrying insects to their juveniles.

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  7. These are fantastic! Beautiful bird!

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  8. Such a cute one.
    I am glad it got its feed. :)

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  9. Hello!:) I agree it's a pretty little bird. Had never heard of the Chestnut-sided warbler before, but i'll remember it from now on, from your gorgeous captures.
    Thank you for your visit!:)

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  10. wow, this one is really nicely colored. :)

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  11. Gee... he sure does look hand painted... what a sweet little birdie.....

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  12. You've got great captures of this bird. Isn't it a beautiful warbler? One of the more colorful ones!

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  13. What a stunning male that is. You really captured the colours in each part of its plumage.

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  14. What a cracking looking bird!

    Thanks for the comments and ideas about the book. The echidna was feeding by the road side, we pulled over a way down the road - but even that was enough to sent it into defence mode! I waited for about 20 minutes, sat still on the grass, but it never moved!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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