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Common Yellowthroat, 1st fall female 1/3

Posted by Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 30 January 2015 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

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Cape May, New Jersey
Cape May Point State Park

The female Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) is a study in muted olive brown and yellow. There is just a hint of yellow on the throat of this bird. The yellow undertail coverts are also visible. Females lack the characteristic black mask of the adult male. This species breeds across most of North America. "Yellowthroats are vocal birds, and both their witchety-witchety-witchety songs and distinctive call notes help reveal the presence of this, one of our most numerous warblers."

Last year (October 6-12) I traveled to southern New Jersey for "Cape May Magic" an American Birding Association workshop conducted by Mark Garland and Pat & Clay Sutton . It was a wonderful week of birding and learning about birds, although it was rainy and very windy. The storm, a nor'easter (a cyclonic storm that moves along the east coast of North America. It’s called “nor’easter” because the winds over coastal areas blow from a northeasterly direction) , lasted most of the week. As a result, the conditions were generally very challenging for bird photography. Despite the weather, I enjoyed it so much that I spent another five days there in mid-October 2014. Due to its location at the end of a peninsula bordered by Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape May , New Jersey is a migrant trap and one of the top birding destinations in North America.

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Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

A beauty

30 Jan 2015 7:44am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece


30 Jan 2015 8:01am

Tataze from Bourgogne, France

a nice bird

30 Jan 2015 8:17am

michel creze from le havre, France

Excellent composition in his environment !

30 Jan 2015 4:02pm

Sonja from Wörgl, Austria

Such a pretty little bird. Despite the troubled background of the bird comes into its own.

30 Jan 2015 7:37pm

Kent from Herrljunga, Sweden

Great pic

30 Jan 2015 9:28pm