Week 19. A Warbler that thinks it’s an Oriole.

A bit of an odd one from me this week for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, I have been avoiding photographing birds on feeders for years, or more probably, decades. I got tired of editors picking a bird on a feeder over other shots of the same species in natural settings.

Secondly, this is unusual behavior, which is why I photographed it. A grab shot after I got home Friday afternoon. The bird has been back regularly over the weekend but I haven’t had chance for a second attempt at a better shot.

The photo shows a male Black-throated Blue Warbler coming to the Grape jelly in an Oriole feeder. It didn’t do it once, the bird has been coming to the feeder regularly for three days now.

I did some research and found records of them taking sugar water in Hummingbird feeders but no records of them pretending to be an Oriole and eating Grape jelly.

I submitted a report of the bird and its behavior, including the photo below to one of the Ontario bird sightings websites. The report is being ignored as far as I can tell.

Male Black-throated Blue Warbler.

Week 18. Two different birds.

I had a few photos under consideration for week 18 of my 52 week photo project. I spent some time one morning out in the yard photographing some of the birds. A mix of winter visitors still with us and some recently arrived summer visitors. All while being swarmed by Black Flies that are now out. I only got one Black Fly bite which is good as I am allergic to them.

First, a recently arrived summer species, a young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. I say young male because it’s still showing traces of its juvenile plumage.

A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Second, a winter species that is still with us. A Pine Siskin, one of a dozen or more still hanging around.

A posing Pine Siskin.

A sunrise and a sunset.

The new Weekly Photo Challenge is Rise/Set.

I thought I would span the decades and change continents. The problem is that I have now changed my photo selection and rewritten this post three times.

This shot was taken shortly before the sun came up, I was down on the Lake Huron shoreline half an hour before sunrise. The plan was to test my new digital camera and some lenses. This is the fourth shot I took with the camera and I haven’t shot any film since.

Range light at sunrise, Southampton, Ontario, Canada

This male Mallard silhouetted against the setting sun was planned. I selected the best spot to give me the most variety of lighting and wildfowl on the water. A film shot from Lancashire, England in the early 1990s.

Male Mallard silhouetted at sunset, Lancashire, England

A hint of spring.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is A Hint of Spring.

I thought I would use one photo from the UK and one from Canada.

In Cheshire, England a pair of Great Crested Grebe performing their courtship display by waving weed at each other.

Great Crested Grebes displaying, Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England

In Ontario, Canada a male Common Merganser swims amongst ice on a thawing Lake Huron.

Male Common Merganser, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada