Mariton: Birding Variety
by Tim Burris, Preserve Manager. Photos by Carole Mebus.
This week, we walked along the towpath from Wy-Hit-Tuk Park in Williams Township. We had some interesting birds including another Yellow-throated Vireo. We saw an Immature Bald Eagle and a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird (for size variety). We also found the nests of a Baltimore Oriole, American Robin and Yellow Warbler.
Most people are used to seeing the flamboyant Red-winged Blackbird. At least they are familiar with the male. The female is a very different looking and can confuse you if you aren’t already thinking blackbird. She looks more like an overgrown sparrow, until you examine the beak.
Two weeks ago, I showed Carole’s photo of a male American Redstart. The females are olive colored and have yellow patches where the male has orange. But a first year male looks like a female, with a little orange under its wing near the “armpit”, which you can see in Carole’s photo.
This is a great photo of a Baltimore Oriole in its orange glory.
This Yellow Warbler has a green tint from the sun shining through the leaves. We had a variety of sizes, a variety of colors, and a variety of bird groups.