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Northern Waterthrush

The waterthrush that had been eluding me from the get-go fell into my sites today. Life bird! Alas, not the sharpest photo I ever took. This is at the mud hole at Corp Woods this morning. I dashed out there in the drizzle when I realized there was significant fallout from last night’s thunderstorms. I knew this from a glance out the kitchen window at first light. The pecan tree out back was hopping with catbirds and bright little warblers.

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Yellow Warbler

The pecan tree yielded a few decent photos, though early in the day it was dreadfully overcast with showers drifting through. This is only the second Yellow Warbler photo (worth sharing) that I have. This and those below taken from the Bathroom Bird Blind®.

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Chestnut-sided Warbler

Also seen out back this morning were some Blackburnian Warblers and Magnolia Warblers. Light was so bad I got very little usable exposures. Very happy to see them though.

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American Redstart Philadelphia Vireo

The mature female has bright yellow armpits and otherwise looks exactly like this bird which must be first year female with underdeveloped coloring. There were quite a few out there though I saw only one male today. Let’s try Philadelphia Vireo and thanks to Instagrammer kojobirder who pointed out my mis-ID. I did see a male American Redstart though.

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