A steady drippy rain made us all (birds and humans alike) pretty wet and cold this morning, so when the sun came out in the afternoon, the birds really went to work hunting. There was so much action at the buckeye tree in my backyard, I managed to shoot over 100 photos in less than two hours.
One bird really stood out, because I had only seen it from about 500 feet away during the morning bird-watching session. But this afternoon I managed to creep within 20 feet of the bird while it searched for insects in a small, almost leafless tree.
Why the name Magnolia? Apparently, the bird was first collected in the early 1800s from a magnolia tree in Mississippi, but it was originally called “black and yellow” warbler. This species breeds primarily in Canada and winters in Mexico, Panama, and parts of the Caribbean, so an unlucky migrant through the southeastern U.S. became the type specimen for its identification.
This bird was so cooperative and so good looking, I decided it deserved its own separate post. More of the afternoon photo shoot will appear in later posts.