Yellowthroat Portraits

"Listen to nature's voice—it contains treasures for you."

~ Huron Tribe proverb

Close-up of a Common Yellowthroat.

Given the early leaf-out, ultra dense foliage, and somewhat accelerated pace of warbler migration this spring, there hasn't been a lot of opportunities for digiscoping the feathered sprites. However, I can still seek some of them out at nearby haunts where they are already on breeding territory and establishing nesting sites. While the Baraboo Hills hosts nearly two dozen warbler species during the breeding season, Indian Lake Park, which is closer to Madison, has Ovenbirds, Blue-winged Warblers, and Cerulean Warblers. Pheasant Branch Conservancy is a summer home to only a few warbler species like American Redstart, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, and Common Yellowthroat. All of these are charming little birds and make wonderful photographic subjects.

Sing it, buddy!

He's about to do his little turn on the branch.

And there it is!

All images © 2012 Mike McDowell