Friday, September 3, 2010

Chestnut-sided Warbler

In the early September, I noticed this new yard bird in Simorgh's garden. This bird loved to forage on top of oak trees and jump around my beloved Hibiscus tree. I managed to take few quick shots and tried to ID this bird. I was sure it was a warbler, but what kind?

Well, quickly I croped this photo (above) and sent to GABO-L for a help. Within less than few minutes, birders responded and they all agreed this was a non-breeding, immature/female Chestnut-sided Warbler! Thanks to Joel McNeal, Georgann Schmalz, Rachel Cass, Steve Parrish, Nedra Sekera, Gordon McWilliams, Tim Rose, Brad Winn, Chris Lambrecht, James Fleullan and Darlene Moore.

Actually, I have spotted this bird few days back (I got a very poor photo and sent to Georgann Schmalz to ID the bird). Without seeing the actual head (it was covered by leaves), Georgann was sure it was a Chestnut-sided Warbler based upon my description of two wingbars, olive-green top, etc. But myself was not convinced.

Luckily, I saw this bird agian today (see above photo taken at aruond 11:30 AM). I got up early and waited on my deck in the early hours. Nothing unusual showed up. When I returned at around 11:30AM, this young bird flew back and forth around oak trees and my Hibiscus tree. I guessed she (let's assume it's a female) just woke up from a long night sleep, or she was driven crazy by those countless hummingbirds hovering and chasing each other in Simorgh's garden. She would just not leave me along .......... and I thought this was my greatest chance to take some nice shots of this beautiful creature. I hope everyone enjoys this photo slide show (below). Or you may click Chestnut-sided Warbler to go to the photo link. Enjoy!

Any suggestion, question or comment? Please post it in the comments below. - Linda

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