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We have high cloudiness now; but early after the fog we briefly had filtered sunshine. The place where I usually find nesting warblers is underwater. On the opposite side of the Little Buffalo River the banks are higher and I was able to get 2 fairly good photos of a male Blue Winged Warbler with a EF600L IS f/4.0 Lens on a Canon 7D with and 1.4X Extender; this was a very long shot:

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I went out early this morning and heard a Blue Winged Warbler calling from a perch. I found him just as the sun peaked out through the heavy clouds. Taken with a Canon 70D and a Canon 600mm Lens; three poses – click to enlarge:

 

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I ran into the male Blue-Winged Yellow Warbler very early this morning; and had to use a high ISO setting to photograph him while he was gleaning insects from leaves. The high ISO setting leaves the photographs grainy.   Not only does this guy have pronounced blueish-gray wings but he also wears a black mask.

They forage mostly in upper half of trees and shrubs and probes dead leaf clusters in winter. Often hangs upside down.

NW Arkansas is the southernmost section of their breeding grounds.

Brightly colored but easily overlooked. A bird of shrubland and old fields, the Blue-winged Warbler expanded its breeding grounds northward throughout the 20th century. They have a make a nest that is an open cup of grasses, bark and dead leaves. Leaves may form cap over eggs. Usually on or near ground.

 

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Nest building along the Little Buffalo River, I caught this guy stripping bark for a nest. He is brightly colored but easily overlooked. A bird of shrubland and old fields, the Blue-winged Warbler expanded its breeding grounds northward throughout the 20th century.

Adult Description

Small songbird.
Head and underparts yellow.
Black line through eye.
Wings blue-gray with two white wingbars.
Immature Description
Similar in appearance, but duller than adults.

Nest Description

Open cup of grasses, bark and dead leaves. Leaves may form cap over eggs. Usually on or near ground.

Habitat

Early to midsuccession habitats, especially abandoned farmland and forest clearings.
Breeds at forest/field edges, often shaded by large trees.

 

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Photos taken with my Canon 50D and the same Canon 400 f/5.6 Lens I have been using lately:

 

 

 

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