Orange-crowned Warbler, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Wet Warblers | Nov 2016

Welcome to Wet Warblers | Nov 2016

Orange-crowned Warbler, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog Wet Warblers

Orange-crowned Warbler (Very Wet)

Everyone has seen dry warblers. [ After you’ve seen a few, 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 maybe the bird finds having its photo taken while bathing to be especially exciting.

Townsend's Warbler, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in post Wet Warblers

Townsend’s Warbler, Male (Slightly Wet)

This Townsend’s Warbler is more damp than wet.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in post Wet Warblers

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Really Wet)

So what do you prefer: Dry, Wet, Both, or Something else?

I welcome your comments.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

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.

Find more photo tips at:

Snowy Egret Story

Beyond Black

Seasons with a Black Phoebe

Birding Resources

Here are two excellent books about warblers.

A Field Guide to Warblers of North America, by Jon Dunn and Kimball Garrett

The Warbler Guide, by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle

Did You Know?

The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.

Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.

1) American Bird Conservancy

2) The Nature Conservancy

3) The Trust for Public Land

Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.

Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation

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Inspiring Respect for Nature, one bird at a time.

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  • Ann platzer
    Posted at 09:53h, 08 November

    Hi Steve. I took a similar photo of a wet warbler in our pond. It was a cute addition to my PP talk on Saturday

  • Susan Gardner
    Posted at 21:38h, 08 November

    Your photos and posts are so sweet and inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

  • Bob Franz
    Posted at 06:38h, 13 November

    I wonder if they sing in the shower – or bath – or stream? Maybe not.

  • Kathryn Grace
    Posted at 01:21h, 18 November

    I’ll take them any way I might be lucky enough to see them, damp, slightly wet or full-blown soggy. Thanks for the tips on how to find and observe them. I’ll try that next time I visit one of the lakes in Golden Gate Park.

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