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Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler
”Western” Palm Warbler

Yesterday evening I noticed a warbler up in the tree bobbing its tail during my evening walk. This warbler was in horrible lighting for a decent photo but I was happy to (CHECK) my first of the year Palm Warbler!

Pam Warbler
Palm Warbler

When I returned home, I found this Chipping Sparrow on the back patio! Most birds fly away when I pull the camera out . . . . this one was asking to have its picture taken!! So, I decided to make it an internet star!

Chipping Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow


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22 responses

  1. I agree – that chipping sparrow is a natural! Lovely.

    28 April 2008 at 8:26 pm

  2. Tom, I saw my first little Chipper a week ago! CHECK! My favorite sparrow… But I do love the Song Sparrows…

    28 April 2008 at 9:41 pm

  3. Cute sparrow! Looks like it’s posing for you =)

    28 April 2008 at 10:14 pm

  4. I would be excited to see a Palm Warbler. That Chipping Sparrow is very smart looking!

    28 April 2008 at 11:07 pm

  5. I love the fact that I can now identify some new birds. Thanks to you and Sarah. Those are beautiful photos of the Chipping Sparrow.

    29 April 2008 at 12:32 am

  6. I identified my first Chipping Sparrow ever on Sunday. Your’s is a real ham. It’s really getting exciting going out to look for birds. I’m still looking for the Palm Warbler.

    29 April 2008 at 1:18 am

  7. Jochen

    The reason I absolutely adore Chippies is that tiny yet very neat pattern of small black and white stripes on the forehead just above the bill. It is not just a simple reddish cap, nope, the last tiny part of the forehead is absolutely stunning when the birds are facing you.
    Birds never fail to surprise and fascinate!
    As do your posts! Congrats on the nice pictures and the first-of-season Palm Warbler, the “pipit warbler”.

    29 April 2008 at 4:36 am

  8. I love the Internet star!

    29 April 2008 at 5:40 am

  9. Lisa at Greenbow

    Yes, those Palm Warblers seem accessable but they are difficult to photograph. I just love the chippers. They are courting here in our garden. I hope they nest successfully here again.

    29 April 2008 at 5:46 am

  10. Marg

    Yay chippies-and of course Palms too-but the chippies are so cute!

    29 April 2008 at 6:10 am

  11. Beautiful warbler! Love the chippers too. :c)

    29 April 2008 at 6:49 am

  12. @ Shelley – thanks
    @ Mary – They are such great birds! Thanks
    @ Rondi – thanks and it was!
    @ Ruth – thank and they are cute little birds
    @ toni – I think that is wonderful you are able to identify so many birds! Opens a whole new world, doesn’t it?
    @ Linda – Great you are seeing the chipping sparrow! Palms should be all over the isle!
    @ Jochen – Thanks and every great reason to love these guys!
    @ Pam – thanks
    @ Lisa – exactly . . . . right! Chipping sparrows always seem to do go! I wish you luck
    @ Marg – thanks
    @ Jayne – thanks and they are great!

    29 April 2008 at 7:11 am

  13. A cooperative bird–what a gift.
    And one that looks directly at the camera, no less!
    Nice work.
    Isn’t it nice to see spring progressing across the earth–everyone is finding such wonderful arrivals.

    29 April 2008 at 7:44 am

  14. You have to love it when their curiosity out-weighs their fear. Nice shots of this chipper – and of the palm. It’s migration time!!

    29 April 2008 at 9:02 am

  15. Those warblers sure know how to make you work for a picture, don’t they! Great that you could get some!

    29 April 2008 at 10:41 am

  16. If I had to try to shoot a Warbler you would have to shoot me Tom, I shoot landscapes and flowers, if the wind even blows a bit I am ready to have a stroke …could you imagine me trying to shoot a small warbler in a tree 🙂

    29 April 2008 at 3:24 pm

  17. That chipping sparrow is soooooooo cute. I love the top hat and combined with the eye line I can see why you chose him to be your superstar!

    29 April 2008 at 5:40 pm

  18. Hi Mon@rch,
    I’ve fallen behind on my blog reading. Whenever I read your blog, I feel so lucky to live on this planet. You notice details that I would never see, and then you are able to name them!

    I’m just starting to learn about warblers, so this is a good photo for me. The chipper/chipping ? sparrow is just beautiful. Nature’s art humbles my own.

    29 April 2008 at 6:30 pm

  19. @ Nina – thanks and it is great seeing spring arrivals!
    @ Marty – yes and it sure is migration time!
    @ Bird Girl – They sure do make you work!
    @ Bernie – LOL . . . sometimes I feel that way!
    @ aullori – thanks and it does have a top hat! LOL
    @ Caroline – thanks and glad you were able to return! I do love nature’s art!

    29 April 2008 at 7:47 pm

  20. This was the first year for me to identify the Chipping Sparrows. Now, I see several at or below the feeders. I have to make sure my cat is inside since they do seem to ignore her. Nice photos!

    30 April 2008 at 9:14 am

  21. lvn600

    Nice chippoe photo-I’m happy when I can get any usable warbler photo.-They’re hard enough to see well sometimes-let alone get a photo.

    1 May 2008 at 6:20 am

  22. I’ve been seeing and hearing many chipping sparrows lately. Gorgeous shots, Tom!

    2 May 2008 at 3:33 pm

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