Sunday, January 1, 2012

Tiny birds in the grapefruit tree


Yellow rumped warbler in my dead grapefruit tree. He was showing off his yellow bottom.



Front view of the yellow rumped warbler.


This little bird was also in the tree. It looks a little bit bigger than the warbler. I'm not sure what this is and couldn't exact match it up to anything in the Stokes Birding Guide. Any Id?

Right before dark I saw a few little birds in the grapefruit tree in the backyard. I figured it was just some house finches but I decided to go outside and investigate. I first noticed the yellow rumped warbler. I also saw another bird but couldn't tell what it was. As I was walking back into the house I saw a mullet jumping. I pulled my camera up and was watching right where it had jumped and the fish jumped again in the same spot. They jump all of the time but it's hard to catch them in the act. Occasionally, they jump again but it's still hard to determine where they will come up again. After 7 years of living here this is the first time I've gotten a shot of one. Not a great one though. The sun was going down behind the trees so it was a little dark.


13 comments:

  1. Cute shots of the YRW. I hope you have great New Year.

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  2. Yellow Rumps are so sweet! I caught them during spring migration last year and had a ball photographing them. It made me feel so professional when I saw what beautiful shots I'd taken! Love your shot of the mullet! Sometimes we just get lucky, huh? Happy New Year to you! ~karen

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  3. Love that yellow rumped warbler! Very cute.

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  4. He's a beauty! Wishing you the very best of 2012!

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  5. great catch of the jumping fish!

    do you get peewee's there? that's what i thought of when i saw that unknown bird. no idea if i'm at all close.

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  6. Checking on your mystery bird, it definitely has that sharp black warbler bill, slight streaking, eye ring. It most closely resembles the female, non-breeding plumaged Cape May warbler in my Sibley. Do they winter in your neck of the woods?
    I have tiny birds in the pines this morning...juncos trade for your warblers, pinecones for grapefruit.
    Love the flying fish!

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  7. Great jumping fish shot! perfect capture!

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  8. Yeah, I agree your mystery bird is a warbler, though I thought it looked like some of the young or non-breeding Yellow-rumpeds I've seen. Love that fish shot!

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  9. awesome close-ups!! i think the unidentified bird is a winter goldfinch, but i am no expert.

    love the jumping fish....if you only had a pole!!

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  10. Well done on the fish shot! LOL. I agree with Jen, all of your birds look like butterbutts to me. :)

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  11. Sounds like a great and successful day!Really enjoyed this and the photo's nice

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  12. So cute and little bird sitting on the tree....Cool post Thanks for sharing...

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