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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New Bird

Isn't it interesting that some times good things just happen? Yesterday I was sitting on the deck reading. I had my camera with me, but I wasn't paying close attention to the birds. Suddenly I saw a quick flash of yellow. I picked up the camera and got one shot. By the time I got the camera focused, he was positioned to take off again. It was a Yellow-throated Warbler! I know that these birds often summer in our area, but this was the first one I have ever seen. Imagine...a lifer just dropped in my lap.







Today is Earth Day! A day for all of us to commit ourselves to reducing our carbon footprint, to become responsible for our daily carbon consumption. A day to help our children's children. A day to help our world-wide family.

John McConnell's Earth Day Flag

Earth Day had its official beginning in 1970 when Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson asked Congress to declare April 22 as Earth Day in the U.S. The first Earth Day focused on zero population growth. This year's theme is "The Green Generation." Pledge yourself to do something, however small, to help our environment. Start by looking at your carbon footprint and take measures to reduce yours. It takes all of us to make a difference.

23 comments:

Ruth said...

What a lovely bird. I would love to be out on my deck reading, but it is raining and cold. The warblers should be in our area in the next two weeks.

Lynne said...

That warbler would be a lifer for me too. Great picture of a "drop-in!"

Cedar ... said...

What a great shot of that warbler! I should learn from you and keep my camera next to me more often.

Aunt "B's" Backyard said...

Isn't it just wonderful having a new birdie visit? That's so cool having it come so close to you. I've only seen them in the wooded area and they seem to be very skittish...lucky you!! Great shot.

jayedized said...

What a nice visitor at such a great time! He's just a little beauty sitting there with that bright yellow splash to flash and show off to the world and you. Those kind of moments always bring a smile.

Great reminder and history on Earth Day. It's so very, very important.

Hope you'll see the little warbler again real soon!

Jay

lili11 said...

Beautiful bird. I love birds. I wish they love my garden, too. So far, they seem to hate it .... Oooo

Bird Girl said...

How cool is that? I just shot the same bird in NY Central Park - the people were going WILD there - quite rare! Isn't birding grand? You took a gorgeous picture of this beautiful warbler, Carolyn!

robin andrea said...

What a beautiful sight and to have your camera to capture it. A perfect Earth Day celebration.

fishing guy said...

Carolyn: What a neat bird with great colors, great photo.

Cheryl said...

The warbler is a beautiful bird.....I would love to have him here......

Earth day is so important....I think we should all be doing our bit for the environment. I am commited to helping the planet. My grandchildren are the main reason for this.......

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Carolyn, I love that new bird of yours. I've never seen one. However, I did see my first (in person) Mockingbird in Texas. Didn't get a picture of course....But--he was pretty!!!!

Hope you had a great week/weekend.

We are glad to be home.. It was a wonderful trip --just getting to see my son and family. BUT--the weather was horrible. Oh Well!!!!

I'm going to check through some of your older blog posts.
Hugs,
Betsy

wncmountainliving said...

Wonderful photo - I miss seeing warblers. Saw many when I lived in Florida - not so much here. Happy Earth Day!

Dog_geek said...

Wow - great that you were able to get a picture before the bird took off again! I don't believe I've ever seen one (although sometimes I don't know what I'm looking at!)

Shellmo said...

Stunning shot of the warbler!!

Happy Earth Day!!

George said...

You got a wonderful picture with your one shot! It's a beautiful bird. I hope we see one of those around here in the near future.

catharus said...

Very nice shoot of the YTWA!

Rudee said...

What a wonderful stroke of luck. He's a beautiful bird.

Tina said...

What a quick eye you have..and such a pretty bird. It's great you had your camera at your side..
Such a nice treat to go with your nice day of reading on the deck!

caboval said...

Wow I love your pictures of your birds! Beautiful! We just have seagulls here mostly. You used to live by egrets and cranes and mommy saw a red tailed hawk! Hugs Joey and Kealani

Leedra said...

The best fun of a lifer is when they arrive the way your's did.

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Donna said...

What a nice surprise to see the warbler.

Enjoy your day!
Donna

TheWritersPorch said...

I love your birds Carolyn but it's Friday, I came looking for MY Girls! HA!

Yes, that was interesting since she slept the whole way there, then had to have a nap for ME to drive home! HA!
Carol

CountryDreaming said...

Wow! That's an absolutely gorgeous shot of a Yellow-throated Warbler! Very cool. I remember how exciting it was when I saw my first one too, way up in a tree years ago while out on a Sunday morning bird walk in Brecksville, Ohio. To have yours drop down close is really something!