08 Nov Wet Warblers
Welcome to Wet Warblers
Everyone has seen dry warblers. [ What could be more boring? ]
So today we celebrate wet warblers.
Notice (in the above photo) that it’s possible to see the orange crown on the Orange-crowned Warbler when the bird is wet. This bird will also show its crown when it’s excited. And then maybe the bird finds having its photo taken while bathing to be exciting.
We’ll leave that as a puzzle for you to ponder (or talk about at your next party).
This Townsend’s Warbler is more damp than wet.
So what do you prefer: Dry, Wet, Both, or Something else?
I welcome your comments.
PS: If you want to see photos of dry warblers, there are some here: Bird Photos
Birds Photo Tip:
Warblers prefer shallow water.
So, find a small stream of gently moving, shallow water. Then pause to note if these birds are using this stream.
If so, they will most likely follow a similar approach routine. For example, the birds in these photos flew into a tree next to a stream. Then they worked their way down, inside of the tree until they were near the water. From there, they glanced about to check if it was safe to continue. And finally, they dropped into the water for a quick bath (usually lasting less than 10 seconds).
Knowing this, told me where to wait and when to be ready.
Here are two excellent books.
A Field Guide to Warblers of North America, by Jon Dunn and Kimball Garrett
The Warbler Guide, by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle