I have been back in Minnesota for a few days now, with weather that fluctuates in 30 degree swings (from 72 to 42 degrees F), but the birds, especially the warblers, seem to think it’s time for spring here.
While in Cuba with the real bird photographers, I developed telephoto lens envy, and one of my fellow travelers kindly lent me her Canon 100-400 mm lens to try out on the Minnesota birds. Oh my! I was sold on this lens in 5 minutes, and I want one. No, I need one! Here’s what I saw today (or what the camera saw, through this magnificent lens).
Chickadees apparently get some nutrition from pecking at unopened buds of Buckeye.
Female warblers confuse me. This is either a female Yellow-throat, Orange-crowned, or Nashville Warbler. My bet is the latter because they are frequently one of the first warbler species seen here in the spring.
Easy! A male Yellow-rumped Warbler (used to be called Myrtle Warbler, back when I learned about birds). The temperature was in the low 40s, and this guy was fluffed out as much as he could be.
Where’s the yellow rump? I have never been able to take photos like this before!