The warbler and the vulture

April 21, 2014  •  2 Comments
We ran out to Champoeg State Park over the lunch hour today to look for Chipping Sparrow in the same area we found two of them last year - we're hoping to locate a nesting-pair. We did not find the sparrow, but we did find and enjoy two birds in particular, a Myrtle Warbler and two Turkey Vultures. The later, I had read about the night before in Noah Strycker's latest book, "The thing with feathers: the surprising lives of birds and what they reveal about being human". I will not give up the story line - but I will say the account of his earliest efforts to study and photograph the Turkey Vulture is both entertaining and enlightening. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to observe this species in close-proximity so soon after reading Noah's book. 
 
I think everyone knows the difference between a warbler and vulture so I have omitted image captions:) But I will say that Jill and I find the eastern (Myrtle) warbler much less frequently than the western (Audubon's) warbler. Which has a yellow throat, plainer face, no white stripe above the eye (supercilium), and a white wing patch rather than white wing bars. We were very happy to be able photograph the eastern subspecies in near perfect light, from a reasonable distance.
 
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Chris Sanborn(non-registered)
We have a TV at the Ojai raptor center ("Handsome," the education bird) and I've really come to appreciate their particular beauty, though it's definitely not in the category of your warbler. Still, wondrous to behold up close!
J.McMurchie(non-registered)
I definitely prefer the Warbler
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