Magnolia WarblerMarch 9, 2008

There are twenty or so types of warbler that dash through State College in the spring. Most head farther north, but a few stay around through the summer. I'm not that much of a birder, since I only see three to five kinds during spring, whereas it seems that many birders see all or almost all of them. So although I'm somewhat warbler-deprived, I thought I'd begin listing those I've photographed.

I find warbler identification rough, but the magnolia warbler (happily) stands out from the pack. Last year I photographed both male and female magnolia warblers on the same day (and that was it for my magnolia warbler sightings).

The male magnolia warbler has a vivid eye strip and white wing bars.

Male magnolia warbler
  In the following photo, the female magnolia warbler lacks the eye strip.
Dark indigo bunting
  And here the female lacks the white wing bars.
Female magnolia warbler
  But whatever else the female magnolia lacks (and it is a beautiful bird in its own right), she is showing her yellow rump.
Female magnolia warbler
  I appreciated that the female magnolia warbler stayed around for several photos.

Photo note: I used a Pentax *ist D, with the SMC 1000mm reflex lens. The photos date from May 13, 2007.

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