Since it has been years since I have been to Yates Mill and I actually FORGOT MY CAMERA the last time, it was definitely time to head back. Word on the street was that there were a lot of warblers seen here in the last week. Before those temperatures creep higher as we head toward summer, now seemed the opportune time to hit the trail.
|I was immediately greeted by this friendly Eastern Wood Pee Wee.|
|Nice Phoebe posing for me.|
|I had never photographed an Indigo Bunting before |
so I was glad to get a willing subject this time.
|Here's a lifer for me although not a great shot: Common Yellowthroat.|
|I really toiled over the ID of this one, but the total lack or wingbars or any really distinguishing |
features and the fact that it was in the same area seconds before makes me think
that it is the female Common Yellowthroat.
|Here's the Carolina Wren just for contrast and comparison.|
They are very similar, but have some key differences.
Also, I heard the Swainson's song on the trail.
A fellow birder who I met on the trail suggested I head up the road to Mid Pines Road which is literally only 3 tenths of a mile away, so why not?
|Eastern Meadowlark alerted me to his presence |
with his pretty song.
|These Eastern Kingbirds were everywhere. I thought they were |
Tree Swallows, but the white on the tail gives them away.
|A couple of pretty girls met me near the road between |
pastures of the Ag Lands at NC State. 😆