Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New arrivals for Earth Day

I've been birding Busiek State Forest south of Ozark fairly regularly this spring. Today I had two new warbler species: Blue winged and Prairie, along with American Redstart, Yellow throated Warbler, Northern Parula, Ovenbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Black and White Warbler, Yellow rumped Warbler, and Kentucky Warbler. Thought I heard a Cerulean, but it turned out to be variation on a theme by N. Parula.

I couldn't catch the Blue-winged in a photo, but did get a few shots of other warblers to share.
Northern ParulaNorthern Parula

Anyone know the name of the blue flower?
Rufous sided Towhee (female)

Prairie Warbler


noflickster said...

So I'm not the only one who has fallen for a parula imitating a Cerulean!

Beautiful shots of the warblers, can't wait for them to arrive. We had snow flurries this AM so they're not missing much.
-Mike (in NY)

Greg said...

Yeah, I think they're tricky until I hear my first true Cerulean of the season, and then I can hone in on the call pretty well.
Good birding!

noflickster said...

Now that the floodgates have opened here in NY I'll be searching for a Cerulean to tune my ears. I think the flower you asked about is in the genus Oenothera (not sure of the species).