LIFE'S BETTER IN THE MOUNTAINS

Monday, August 30, 2010

Another Unusual Deck Visitor

I stepped outside and what a surprise! There on our deck sat a Worm-eating Warbler. We are on the fringes of its territory, but I had never seen one. Perhaps he was after some of the Kamikaze Katydids we find every morning. Because of his posture I suspect he had been stunned and was recovering. So I quickly took a photograph even though conditions were less than ideal and went inside. We have found that approaching stunned birds often causes them to fly before they have recovered.





He was a beautiful bird and he took off quickly and expertly. Perhaps he was not stunned after all, but I'm glad I didn't take any chances. Interestingly enough, the Worm-eating Warbler does not eat earthworms at all. But he loves caterpillars which many people call worms. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology (here) calls this bird "drab." To their credit they do mention that he is "elegantly marked." I thought he was beautiful. And another lifer. And right here on my deck. And we're not even getting the migrating birds yet!

22 comments:

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

He's beautiful!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I think he is gorgeous as well.
Who does not know the difference between worms and caterpillars??? PFffffttt. :)

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

A Worm Eating Warbler seems like an unfitting name for such a beauty. -- barbara

Karin said...

He/she is certainly elegantly attired! Some of us just get nicknames we can't shake! Worm Eater indeed! Cute story! Love your empathy for his welfare and so glad he was able to take flight expertly!

Michele said...

He's not drab, just a little subtle in places. And elegant enough not to grub in the soil for worms but to pluck the caterpillars from the trees. Strange name for him.....

TaraDharma said...

I suppose the bird may be 'drab' up next to tropical birds, but come on! That's one beautiful bird.

Cicero Sings said...

I too, don't find that bird drab.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Carolyn, He's not drab at all to me... He's gorgeous!!!! Anytime we can see a NEW bird, it's exciting --isn't it?????

Have a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

Cheryl said...

Drab, drab.....they must need spectacles, such a lovely little bird.
I am glad he was not stunned and managed to fly away.

Tku for dropping by sanctuary, that is so very kind of you.

I have in fact started another blog.....I missed the contact.
You can find me at
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troutbirder said...

Gotta love those lifers. Way to go Carolyn! He is a beaut.

carolina nana said...

That's a beautiful bird, glad you got a pic before he flew. It's always exciting to see a new kind of bird.
Have a blessed week

Barb said...

Indeed he is elegant! I'm glad he wasn't hurt.

Vicki Lane said...

Have never seen one -- great capture! He's quite handsome.

Nance said...

Marvelous addition to the Life List and a lovely specimen. Lucky you!

scienceguy288 said...

You are haveing wonderful luck with the lifers. Now that classes have started, I have little time to birdwatch unfortunately.

Jayne said...

I've both never heard of one or seen one, and I think he is beautiful! Drab? Just look at that lovely coloration on his head. Lucky you that you got to see this outside your door!

Twisted Fencepost said...

I don't think he's drab at all. I'm with you....I think he is a beauty.

Ruth said...

Your deck gets the most wonderful visitors. He is a beautiful warbler, very distinctive indeed!

merrilymarylee said...

Pretty! He may not have been stunned, but his butt was certainly dragging. I know the feeling.

robin andrea said...

What a beauty!

George said...

I'm not sure I would call this bird 'drab'. I'm glad he was able to fly away without any problems.

dAwN said...

Beauty! What a great close look you had!