an Audubon’s Warbler (Setophaga coronata auduboni, a subspecies of the Yellow-rumped Warbler) flying into a tree across from The Laughing Bean at the corner of Slocan and Hastings. Well, I saw at least two, a female (photographed above) and a male.
This was my first warbler sighting since I started paying attention to birds a few months ago. And I saw it on John James Audubon’s birthday! That is some delightful synchronicity. When I noticed this unusual-to-me bird, I did not know it was an Audubon’s Warbler or that Sunday was J.J. Audubon’s birthday. Today the internet served up the information via my WordPress Reader and a few Google searches. A-wing and A-way wished J.J. a happy birthday and divulged some interesting facts about the man. Cornell’s All About Birds, as usual, helped me identify the bird and I found some great pictures of Yellow-rumped Warblers here.
I walked 12 blocks to the liquor store to discover my wallet had stayed at home. But meeting a new bird was a pretty good consolation prize.
The next three photographs are of a female.
The last three photographs are of a male. His head is darker grey and he has two large black patches on his chest. The “here” link mentioned above has much clearer photographs of males and females with their breeding and non-breeding plumage. Please excuse the fuzziness of my photos and my wonky colour edits. Clear enough to identify the birds!