Friday, September 16, 2011

American Redstart

My post for the Friday Ark and Camera Critters I am showing the American Redstart. The male was seen last weekend during my bird count at the clear cut study area located at the reservoir's watershed.

I have been enjoying the warblers showing up at the reservoir and watershed near my house. The American Redstart breeds in moist and mixed deciduous woods. The male Redstart has halloween colors, mostly black and orange at its sides. I have heard the female being called the Yellowstart because she has yellow at her sides.


Below the female hiding in the bush, but if you look close you can see the yellow at her sides.

Another male perched in the bush, you can see his pretty orange side.



Another angle looking up at the male Redstarts bottom, white underneath, black head and back and bright orange at its sides.


Another female below, still far away but a little clearer photo.

For me trying to photograph any type of  warbler is very hard, these little birds are so quick and bounce around on the tree limbs way too fast for me. Just when I want to snap a photo, they take off and bounce to another branch. I am happy to get any photo to record where and when I see these beautiful birds.

To see more wonderful critters, you should board the Friday Ark  and
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I hope you enjoyed my American Redstarts and thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone has a great weekend.

36 comments:

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

I like the first picture the most. It is a very pretty bird.

TexWisGirl said...

very neat! have never seen those birds in person so am glad to see them in your photos!

Denise said...

You've given us a wonderful study of the Redstart Eileen. Enjoyed all your pictures very much, thank you. Have a great weekend.

Bob Bushell said...

I love to see and learn the American birds. You know so many. The shapes, colours of each one, which is why I come here. You are a grand teacher.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Love the coloration of the male....of course. Fabulous photos Eileen!

Hope you found my hummingbird post. They're so fascinating. I have several photos of Baltimore Orioles [or is it oreos? LOL] that frequent the same feeders. I'll try and get them posted next week sometime.

Have a glorious weekend.

Hilke Breder said...

Nice shots! Don't I know how hard it is to get a decent warbler shot! Luck and a fast trigger finger!

Indrani said...

You get very decent shots.
I struggle to frame them.

Janie said...

What beautiful birds. I can imagine how difficult they are to photograph, but you did a good job!

Carletta said...

I'm with you Eileen - when it comes to birds I keep clicking as they bounce around hoping to capture the moment.
I think you did well with all those branches and leaves surrounding them as well to get the focus on the birds.
Have a great weekend!
Carletta@Round The Bend

Phil said...

Hi Eileen and the American Redstart is one of my favourite US birds. As you say you chose a really active little fella and lady to try and photograph. Again as you say, all warblers are tricky to keep up with. The main thing is that you saw it well and really enjoyed the company of both the male and the female.

Andrew said...

You have some amazing birds over your way and it's lovely to see them.. Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl said...

Nicely done. I have the same problem with the little birds. Cardinals are really difficult too. I've seen gorgeous shots of them but around here they never seem to be still for more than a second.

maiaT said...

Your colorful birds are very beautiful.
For me any bird is too quick to be photographed. I don't know how do you manage to take so many beautiful shots of them.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Very nice, I learned something. I have never heard of a Redstart.

Jidhu Jose said...

great shots

Ms. Becky said...

he's a beauty. I've never seen him, nor am I familiar with this bird. you're lucky to have captured him - my own luck with photographing birds isn't so good. happy weekend to you Eileen.

Emzkie said...

wow male and female birds look so different from each other. thanks for sharing your wonderful photos!

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Ruta said...

lovely birds

Debbie said...

pretty little birds...we don't get them here!!

have a wonderful weekend!!

SavvyMama said...

reminds me of the restart button...kidding!

awesome shots...so cute!

chubskulit said...

Those are beautiful birds Eileen.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Cool! I have never seen this bird so enjoyed your photos.

rainfield61 said...

They must be singing to you all the way.

edenhills said...

Such pretty birds!

Teresa

SandyCarlson said...

These are fabulous, my friend.

Tricia said...

oh wow cool shots! =)

happy weekend

ladyfi said...

What a delightful small bird! Lovely.

eden said...

They are so cute and I love their beautiful colours. Lovely captures.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - I know what you mean about the small fast birds being hard to photograph. Digital is such a splendid thing!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

John S. Mead said...

It's so much fun to go bird "hunting" with your camera! Your blog is always a pleasure!

laura k@forestwalkart said...

ooooh! bright & beautiful!! terrific photos!!!
((a halloween bird=orange & black!))

EcoRover said...

Good job capturing these little speedsters--I have trouble even getting my binos on them, let along a camera lens.

Al said...

That is a perfect Halloween bird - your first photo especially captured him perfectly. I've tried to capture some of the small, quick birds where I live and I've never had any luck.

Jen said...

Ha, warblers make me crazy when I try to take their photo, but you did a good job!

Calling Ravens said...

Oh I heartily agree! They just flit, flit, flit. I finally got a half-way decent shot of a Virginia's and a Wilson's this weekend and I am pleased as punch! Your photos are great-I love that second one with that sweet female!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful birds! The only time I've seen a redstart was in Texas when we spent the winter at Port Aransas -- so many birds there in the Spring. I wish I'd had a good camera. Your pictures are the next best thing though (actually I'm sure they're better pictures than my own would have been.)