The sun came out for about 10 min today, so I hustled out to the backyard to see if I could get photos of the green heron pair that have taken up residence on one of the ponds.
I got distracted by two Common Yellowthroat warblers having a sing-off, quite close to each other. Surely, I could get a photo of at least one of them. Here’s where I found one of the singers.
So I followed the sound of the second bird and found him in the willows on the edge of the pond, nicely obscured by leaves, singing his little heart out trying to drown out the other bird. It was interesting to listen to the way the birds tried to over-sing each other. When one started his song, the other one would immediately start up, so you got the song in stereo.
Waiting for the opportune moment when he broke free of all the willow branches and leaves, I got him.
As it turns out, the pair of Green Herons was only about 20 feet from where the Yellowthroat was singing, and by creeping up on him, I scared them off. Oh well, next time.