Some Birds I have seen
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Common Yellowthroat male and female

Just saw an odd event.  Around lunch time I was walking along BSB and the Common Yellowthroat came up from behind into the tree next to me.  He was in plain sight and just sat there.  I pulled out my camera and just as I was about to get some nice shots a second male Yellowthroat came up and chased the first one away.  The first one had a bright yellow throat while the second one was dull.  The second one didn't stay around to get his picture taken.  It headed off into the bushes so I didn't get any pictures.  What I did get was the idea that they are territorial and there must be multiple families in the area.  The male shown here has the brighter coloration than the second male I saw.  You can easily tell the male by the black mask.  This was late spring 2005.

This next sequence was taken May 17, 2005.  I had been seeing this bird darting through the bushes and finally got some pictures.  It was in the vicinity of a male Common Yellowthroat and the Black and White Warbler.  They all seemed to move together.  This female Common Yellowthroat was seen behind BSB.  I've also seen her on the west side of BSB and in front of the Science Building which is just across the street from BSB. 


Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-15  BSB (2005)
 



May 17, 2005 I was able to get the best shots yet.  The male Common Yellowthroat is becoming more tolerant.  This was taken in front of BSB.


 
Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-15  BSB (2005)

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On May 5, 2005 I finally got some good shots of this bird.  There are two sequences here.  The first is in a tree with some flight video and pestering by a  Mockingbird.  The bird may be getting used to people.  The second is under a bush similar to what I had before but better.  I want to thank Jason for spotting the bird.

In the first video the bird is caught in flight twice, the second time it seems to hover similar to a Hummingbird.

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 Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-15  BSB (2005)

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Caught in flight

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April 25th and 26th (2005) behind BSB, a bird festival.  The 25th was cold, damp, dreary but late in the afternoon I saw an assortment of birds all in the same area behind BSB.  White-throated Sparrows, House Wren (hiding in the bushes), Mockingbirds (panhandling for raisons) and this pretty bird.  Common Yellowthroat - about wren sized, stays on the ground and seems to move with the Sparrows.  It was hard to get a picture - it seemed to move away whenever I was in line-of-sight.  I've also seen it hiding under the bushes - the bright yellow spot gives it away.  But it is hard to get a clear picture.  I did get a good close look the first time I saw this bird so I knew what it was but I couldn't get a good picture. 

On October 3, 2005 I saw a female Yellowthroat in the bushes along BSB.  This is the first I have seen in months.  Jason reported seeing one by the picnic tables in the "quad" area in front of the student center last week.  It looks like the cooler weather is bringing the birds back.

On October 21, 2005 I saw a female Yellowthroat in the bushes in front of Fine Arts.  It tolerated me watching it for a while.

Friday April 21, 2006 late in the afternoon I saw a Common Yellowthroat next to the Science Building (east side).  This is the first I have seen this season.
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Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  Science Building (2006)  Mouse click on picture to see video.
 

May 18, 2006 about 7:15 AM I noticed one of the males in the Quad area bug hunting on the ground.

On May 24, 2006 I saw both the male and female.  The male was in the Quad area where I normally find him.  The female was near some Holly bushes behind the College Center.  These bushes would provide an excellent nesting area.  The Mockingbirds have nested in this area - the 2006 baby pictures where taken there.

On August 31, 2006 as I was coming into work about 7:45 I heard an unusual bird noise.  I moved toward the west side of BSB and a small greenish bird flew out of the Serviceberry Trees toward the large tree across the street.  But I still heard some bird noises in the Serviceberry Trees.  As I tried to followed the sounds I started to see the motion of small birds in the trees.  They move to the back of the building but I couldn't get a clear look to see what they were.  Just then I noticed a couple of birds toward the far end of the building (Third Street side) that flew off into the parking lot.  They had a lot of yellow of them.  The birds nearest me final calmed down enough for me to get a good look.  They were Common Yellowthroat females.  The brighter ones that flew away must have been males. 
Around 9:30 I took a walk at the back of BSB and one of the females was still around.
I went out about 5:45 and a female was still around - at the front of BSB.  That is where I got the best images yet of a Common Yellowthroat female.  The following are from that encounter.  She can be seen eating some kind of caterpillar in the second pair of pictures.  These images were taken in the same bushes that the male was in last year when I got the good shots above.





Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  BSB (August 31, 2006)  Mouse click on picture to see video.

 

This bird has been in the area for two weeks.  Ever since I captured the shots above I have been seeing it darting about the Bayberry Bushes.  This evening, September 14, 2006, my foot was about 1 foot away from it.  I was standing by the curb that separates the parking lot from the berm around BSB and as I looked down I noticed some quick movement.  It was the female Common Yellowthroat moving away from me.  It hasn't stopped long enough to get any more good shots.

 

 

Common Yellowthroat 2007 (female)

These birds are hard to capture on tape but on September 28, 2007 around lunch time I was able to get a few seconds of a female while it was exploring an area next to the Science building.  I was at ground level while the bird was down in a concrete access way that runs the length of the building.  So many of my frames are taking from above the bird which is an odd perspective.

 

Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  BSB (September 28, 2007)  Mouse click on picture to see video.

 

 

 

 
 
In flight video 1 RM format

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In flight video 2 RM format

In flight video 2 WM format

Another clip

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On May 1, 2008 I saw a male Yellowthroat in the quad area near Fine Arts.  I was in that area around lunch time and was marveling at the number of Ovenbirds bopping around when I saw a flash of yellow.  It was the Common Yellowthroat hunting insects.  I couldn't get any pictures - it was moving to quickly.  This is my first sighting of the season.

Late in the afternoon of May 29, 2008 I spotted a female Yellowthroat on the west side of Armitage Hall.  It didn't seem to notice me and continued its bug-hunting activities.  I was able to get some extensive video.

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