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I took these photos about 20 minutes ago. An Eastern Bluebird and a Yellow-Rumped Warbler, and finally, a first summer Bluebird, as portraits using a Canon 7D and a Canon EF300L IS 2.8:

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It is sunny and windy  at 76F degrees; the dew point is 66F (very humid); I expect several rounds of severe weather including tornados today and again tomorrow. Tomorrow will be worse for tornados because of the forecast wind change with altitude.  Look out in Arkansas.

The bluebirds continue building and laying eggs in 3 of my bluebird houses; they feed each other as they work. Thus morning a saw the first Yellow Rumped Warbler (myrtle) in spring breeding colors. They spend winter here but become the color of a sparrow.

The flowing photos taken with a Canon 1DS Mark III with a Canon EF600L f/4 IS Lens on a tripod:

 

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He appeared Sunday and I got off about 40 shots at a very long range with a 840mm Lens:

Yellow-rumped Warblers are impressive in the sheer numbers with which they flood the continent each fall. Shrubs and trees fill with the streaky brown-and-yellow birds and their distinctive, sharp chips. Though the color palette is subdued all winter, you owe it to yourself to seek these birds out on their spring migration or on their breeding grounds. Spring molt brings a transformation, leaving them a dazzling mix of bright yellow, charcoal gray and black, and bold white.

  • Size & Shape

    Yellow-rumped Warblers are fairly large, full-bodied warblers with a large head, sturdy bill, and long, narrow tail.

  • Color Pattern

    In summer, both sexes are a smart gray with flashes of white in the wings and yellow on the face, sides, and rump. Males are very strikingly shaded; females are duller and may show some brown. Winter birds are paler brown, with bright yellow rump and usually some yellow on the sides.

  • Behavior

    Yellow-rumped Warblers typically forage in the outer tree canopies at middle heights. They’re active, and you’ll often see them sally out to catch insects in midair, sometimes on long flights. In winter they spend lots of time eating berries from shrubs, and they often travel in large flocks.

  • Habitat

    In summer, Yellow-rumped Warblers are birds of open coniferous forests and edges, and to a lesser extent deciduous forests. In fall and winter they move to open woods and shrubby habitats, including coastal vegetation, parks, and residential areas.

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