And all their migrant buddies, too. This is a great time of year! Migrant passerines have arrived from the south and, for just a few more days, the trees are not so thick with leaves that they are (relatively) easy to see and photograph.
We spent our spare hours birding like mad this past weekend, a lot of it at Governor Bridge Natural Area along the Patuxent River in Prince George's County. The sounds and colors were amazing.
Dan Haas brought this Prarie Warbler in using a recording of his call. PRWA must be thinking, where is that other bird?
It wasn't just warblers that arrived with the warming weather, however:
This second picture is really interesting. You can see what appears to be the last of the bird's winter clothes (in yellow-green), giving way to its splendid scarlet summer suit. (Apologies for the alliteration....)
Hooded Warblers can be very hard to see in summer, as they tend to stick close to the ground, or hide in dense foliage, leaving you with nothing but their ringing call. They are lovely to look at, just striking:
And last but not least:
Another bird that is best seen in the waning days of April or early May, before the greenery masks everything and the birds quiet down for the breeding season. Has he got food or nesting material there?