A Yellow Warbler at Avalon

Friday, September 15, 2023,

This is, perhaps, one last Yellow Warbler pic for the year. I have been very lucky with Yellow Warblers this spring and summer. I’m not really sure why, other than to say I found a sweet spot for them. That spot was in one of the upper fields at Avalon Preserve in Stony Brook. These beautiful birds have also found a sweet spot in my heart. For years, Oystercatchers have been my favorite birds to shoot, with Green Herons coming in as a close second. However, these little beauties are catching up, and in a big way.  JK.



A Cape May Warbler

Friday, October 16, 2020,

This is a Cape May Warbler. I did not identify this bird on my own. Heck, I wouldn’t have even found this bird on my own. I was lucky enough to be walking with some real birders and it was one of them who spotted and identified this beautiful bird. As I’ve mentioned so many times before in this blog, it helps to know folks that know stuff. Having friends with sharp eyes comes in handy as well.  JK.



Palm Warbler

Monday, October 5, 2020,

This Palm Warbler is one the many migrating warblers that are passing through Long Island at this time. As far as I know, this is is the first time I’ve photographed one of these birds. It’s certainly the first time I’ve identified a Palm Warbler. I did not do this alone. In fact, when I first saw this bird, I thought it was a Yellow-rumped Warbler. But when I got home and did some homework with the several excellent online guides that are available, I realized I was mistaken. However, I recalled Mike Farina, the Conservation Biologist at the Marine Nature Study Area telling me that he had seen Palm Warblers that same day. So I looked up Palm Warbler and there it was. Still not quite trusting myself, I sent a pic to one of my birder friends and she confirmed my guess. It’s good to have friends that know stuff. JK.