I came upon this beauty, along with the White-throated sparrow and the Song sparrow in previous posts, on my walk through Ijams Nature Center late last week. When I first spotted him, he was high in a tree. I took a couple of snaps anyway.I was glad I did. This was the only view I got of the yellow rump patch.
Enchanting. That subtle fall plumage against the yellows and blue, and the quiet of the moment. A rest along his journey?
It was only this spring that I got better acquainted with warblers as they were migrating through my yard. And it was with great delight that I encountered a Blackburnian singing in the low canopy, so close that I wanted to stop breathing for fear I would startle him.
I think my earliest futile efforts to see and identify wood warblers make them all the more endearing to me now. I count these up close visits among my treasured wildlife moments.
He/she's a bit shaded here...
but none-the-less a beauty. I thought I was about to lose him, when he once again landed on a branch close by with a bit of sunlight.
A yellow-rumped or a Magnolia? I keep waivering between the two. But the magic lingers just the same.
Note: The consensus from the bird blogging community is yellow-rumped warbler. Thanks everyone for your comments!