Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Warblers, Vireos, Cuckoos & More

This post features several of the beautiful birds I have seen over the past two months. The photographs below were taken in La Porte, Indiana and Chicago, Illinois.

Sitting pretty ~ Magnolia Warbler

A stunning Chestnut-sided Warbler hunts for food

Perched amid the seed pods ~ Black-billed Cuckoo

Foraging amongst the berries ~ Black-throated Blue Warbler

A feisty Carolina Wren fluffs its feathers

Delighting in dogwood berries ~ Warbling Vireo

Seeking sustenance ~ Northern Parula

A Yellow-billed Cuckoo sits quietly in the wooded grove

Hunting for insects ~ Blue-winged Warbler

A resplendent Yellow-throated Vireo pauses briefly on a limb

A beautiful sight ~ American Redstart

Two Sandhill Cranes take off in unison

A Red-eyed Vireo seeks a meal on a cool autumn day

An Orange-crowned Warbler snacks on seeds

A tiny Golden-crowned Kinglet pulls spider silk off its wing feather

While diligently guarding a feeder, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird takes time to ruffle its feathers

Posted by Julie Gidwitz


  1. Gorgeous series of photos and birds, Julie! The blue-winged Warbler is one of my favorites. Have a great day and happy birding!

  2. Wspaniałe ptaki i piekne zdjecia. Nasze kopciuszki nie mają takich żywych kolorów. Pozdrawiam.
    Great birds and beautiful pictures. Our Cinderella do not have such vibrant colors. Yours.

  3. Fantastic shots! You really were able to get some great shots of these tiny elusive birds. And the Cuckoo isn't an easy one to get out in the open either:)

  4. Julie, such wonderful pictures! I have never heard of a Mourning Vireo, though. Is that a new classification?

    1. Oh my goodness, Kathie. I must have had Mourning Warblers on my brain and typed in the incorrect name. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. The photograph is of a Warbling Vireo.

  5. Not only are these pictures stunning, but you have been seeing some really good birds lately! I particularly liked both the cuckoo pictures and the Black-throated Blue Warbler.

  6. Wow, Julie you've had some great finds over the past few months! The Yellow-throated Vireo is delightful! The Black-billed Cuckoo is a magnificent species! These are all beautiful captures:)

  7. Beautiful birds and photographs!

  8. Each and every photo beautiful as always, love the wings on the golden-crowned kinglet!

  9. Gorgeous photos! I really like the cuckoo!

  10. Gorgeous shots and birds, Julie.