Saturday, September 28, 2013

Worm-eating Warbler

Central Winds Park
Worm-eating Warbler
Worm-eating Warblers are one of my favorite birds.  They make brown beautiful with their wonderful striped heads--they're dashing creatures. Their striped heads make them rather easy to identify.  Despite their name, I've never seen them eat an actual worm.  I normally find them searching through dead leaves on relatively low branches looking for caterpillars and other arthropods.

Central Winds Park
Worm-eating Warbler
Central Winds Park
Worm-eating Warbler
I've had a terrible time photographing these wonderful birds. It seems they're always under cover in low light conditions.  But over the last couple days, I've found two individuals at a park near my home that were very cooperative.  I finally have presentable photos of this species.

Central Winds Park
Worm-eating Warbler
Central Winds Park
Worm-eating Warbler
Here in Central Florida, we only get to see them during Spring and Fall migration.  They breed in the Eastern U.S. Their songs are beautiful.; it's a relatively high pitched rapid trill-like song, very similar to a Chipping Sparrow.

Central Winds Park
Worm-eating Warbler
Central Winds Park
Worm-eating Warbler

10 comments:

  1. They certainly have a striking head pattern. It's great to finally manage some good images of a challenging bird!

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    1. It is a challenge. Finally I have something to show for the effort.

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  2. What amazing photos. I was absolutely mesmerized. Just stunning..can't be enough said...

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  3. These are absolutely beautiful photos! Love, love!

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  4. I have longed to see a Worm-eating Warbler since I started birding. Since I have yet to spot one, your fantastic photographs are the next best thing. Beautiful bird! Terrific post, Scott!

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  5. Scott, these are great pics! I love this warbler as well after having first seen it in West Virginia on a birding expedition. Later I found one by myself in Connecticut. Like you say, it just popped up low on a branch in the woods near a lake. Congrats on such awesome shots!

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