Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Northern Parula

I am linking up my Northern Parula with World Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

These are some shots from last weekend, hubby and I took local walk actually a hike from our door to the peninsula tip it is around 2 1/2 miles. It was a fun birdie walk lots of chirping going on and we heard lots of youngins.



I saw this Northern Parula singing his song for me. Is that the name of a Leon Russel song? The Northern Parula is a breeding bird for my area. I can hear them from my deck, they have a cute sound with  a loud ZIP at the end. A few years ago I had a Male Northern Parula knocking on the windows on my house. It would go from the den window to my living room window, singing and trying to knock himself out. He returned for a few years and still came to the windows. I felt bad that he could hurt himself but I was thrilled to see the Northern Parula right outside my windows.


The Northern Parula is blue above and they have white lines above and below the eye. They are called arcs but they look like white eyelashes or eyeliner. The male has a yellowthroat and breast with a mottled rufous band. My photo is cropped and little fuzzy but you can make out the beautiful colors on this bird.

Even fuzzy I love this shot showing my beautiful male singing and showing off his pretty colors. I was so mad at myself I grabbed the wrong camera going out my door and my batteries died before we even started heading back home. I left my newer camera home the Canon SX40IS. Not really new, I have had it almost a year now. The zoom on it is awesome! The stabilization even at 820mm is amazing. I am just sorry I didn't have it with me for these Northern Parula shots. These pic's were taken with the older model the Canon SX20IS, which has the equivalent of a 540 lens. I am not sure how many cameras can zoom out to 840mm without needing all the extra lenses, I have to say I could  not be happier with my Canon SX40IS.



To see more beautiful birds from around the world please visit World Bird Wednesday and to see some wonderful nature scenes visit  Nature Notes. Thanks to Springman the host of World Bird and to Michelle the host of Nature Notes. Thank you for stopping by to see my World Bird post. I hope the rest of your week is a great one, happy birding.

48 comments:

Leora said...

A gorgeous bird! I liked reading about your cameras - glad you found one with a great zoom lens, even if you didn't have it at this time.

diane b said...

He sure is a beauty and it must have been lovely walking and hearing him sing to you. They sound like awesome lenses.

Kerri said...

Oh, the singing shots always steal my heart!!! Love these!

Mama Zen said...

What a pretty bird!

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a handsome bird!

rainfield61 said...

We have many choices and take a wrong one sometime.

Can't blame the camera.

Sigh...

TexWisGirl said...

he seems like a very proud and happy chap. thanks for sharing him!

Al said...

That is a very pretty bird, nice photos. I can't identify birds but I enjoy seeing them fly around!

Kim, USA said...

Though it is a bit blurry but I can see the bird is pretty and has a yellow color and yes it does look this tiny creature is singing to you. ^_^ Thanks for sharing.


Kim,USA

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Eileen, Great pictures of the Northern Parula... I've never seen one... Gorgeous!!!!

Our Canons don't zoom very far... On my next camera, that will be a priority..... BUT--we do love the Canons overall.

Have a great day. We are STILL waiting on RAIN. It went all around us last night.. Grrrrrr.
Hugs,
Betsy

Pam :) said...

I have never seen one in person. sigh..
You captured his beautiful colors perfectly, Eileen.

Carole M. said...

a beautiful bird Eileen

mick said...

Great photos of beautiful birds. Just wish I could hear their singing as well!

Gary said...

I'm hoping to see there guys someday anyway. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

HansHB said...

Nice post for WBW!

Irene said...

Pretty bird ... cute too. Like the mosaic, well done!

Irene :)

Tina´s PicStory said...

great captures! :)

Carver said...

Sounds like a great hike with the birds.

Andrew said...

A little beauty... thanks for sharing.

NatureFootstep said...

wow, you have a zoom that large? 820mm! I have to check on that camera. I coudl really use a new and lighter one. Great looking bird.

bailey-road.com said...

He's a beauty! I love the singing shot!

Rambling Woods said...

Good thing he didn't get hurt in the windows..I lost a cardinal that way.. Eileen..I just saw a bird that looked swallow-like flying fast just skimming the water of the pond with a white belly..I am thinking tree swallow and this isn't the first time I've seen it, but it is fast.. it would be a lifer for me...Michelle

heyBJK said...

Gorgeous colors on the Parula! I have a difficult time keeping all the warblers straight.

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you show. Hanne Bente

Rohrerbot said...

Yet another bird I have never seen! Beautiful. What a treat! Thanks for sharing. I'm learning lots from your hikes. Thank you:)

Larry said...

A beautiful post of a bird I have yet to see Eileen!

BlueShell said...

Love your header....magnificent!
And the photos...stunning! I do love nature, dear! And I'm greeting to see it through your eyes!

...
Today it is my 25st weeding anniversary!-...I Praise the LORD...
We have gone through so much...BUT WE ARE still here...with so much love...
His cancer seam to be gone...and he is here with me. We do not have children...I could not get pregnant...so we live to each other...laughing...crying...being silly...and being in love...
I praise the LORD for He is LOVE...and I'm so glad that I can't help spreading the news...

God bless you too, Eileen.
Isabel, aka, BlueShell

Elaine said...

A new bird for me!

Bob Bushell said...

The Northern Parula is another new one, I love him.

BlueShell said...

Thank you dear...I appreciate ...It is an honor to me to have you as my friend. God Bless you and your beloved ones.

Isabel, aka, BShell

Liz said...

What a sweet little bird Eileen!!

Anni said...

It's gorgeous isn't it?

Wood Stork

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

What a handsome chap, he does not visit this part of the world, so it was great to see your photos.

Dianne said...

he is beautiful
I love his yellow neck

Laura said...

So beautiful Eileen...I deeply enjoyed being down in your neck of the woods last week!

EG CameraGirl said...

I have heard of these birds but never seen them. Very handsome.

Nice review of your Canon cameras too!

Libby said...

Hi Eileen - I did not know this bird...you got some GREAT shots of him. Love the yellow chin :)

NewMexiKen said...

I love those fuzzy shots-- nice bird!

Gillian Olson said...

New one for me too, love the bright yellow on the throat.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Lovely shots! Have a splendid day!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

How I wish I could tag along on one of your birding walks. That bird is beautiful and a first (virtually of course) for me.

Danielle said...

I always keep my blurred shots because many times they are the ones that have the greatest story to tell. Loved yours! Thank you so much for stopping by and saying hello it is deeply appreciated!!! Happy bird watching.

Island Rambles Blog said...

I like reading about your cameras...eventually I want to get a different Canon...the shots you are getting are lovely and such lovely colors on this bird.

ladyfi said...

What lovely captures of this bird!

SquirrelQueen said...

What a beautiful little bird. I'm glad you cropped the shot to give us a better view of all the colors.

Loredana Donovan said...

That's a pretty bird. I like the collage :)

Kilauea Poetry said...

I made a note in my memo on my cell regarding your camera. It's good to know. Maybe frustrating but I can see how pretty it is..very striking and what a treat to hear him sing! The red and white trim barn below is so cool! Hope you have a peaceful weekend-

laura.forestdreams:) said...

i never heard of this bird...beautiful & bright...great pictures!

(my camera is a canon powershot sx120 IS...on the less expensive side of the better ones, i think...and i love it! the BEST camera, for the money, that i've ever had.)

happy weekend eileen!