Odin sacrificed an eye, trading everyday sight in exchange for the wisdom of the ages ........ I'm still waiting.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Golden-crowned Warbler

Golden-crowned Warbler. Golden-crowned Warbler? Golden-crowned Warbler!

The Golden-crowned Warbler is a non-migratory Warbler native to South and Central America up into central Mexico. It is extremely rare this far north, and any sighting would be a life bird for most people.

Today we went to Valley Nature Center in Weslaco, Texas to look for a bird that had been reported there. Walking the paths we came up empty until we met the park naturalist Matt Kaufman, who had sighted the bird. He walked the paths ahead of us at what I would normally consider a non-birding pace. As we were in his backyard we hiked up our pants and fell in behind.

He did not exactly lead us directly to the bird. After an hour of walking at that pace, Lorna decided to take a break at a water drip that the bird had frequented. Of course then we shortly found the bird. Matt ran back to find Lorna while I followed the bird as it moved through the brushy undergrowth. Fortunately the old half-blind pirate didn't lose track of the bird before they returned. After Lorna got a good look, (good being relative) I turned to trying to get a photograph. It isn't an easy bird at all to photograph, even see, always on the move in deep brush. Eventually it popped out into the open for five seconds and I shot a quick burst and got quite lucky with one.

A tip of the hat to Matt, who helped us find the bird. - Gunnar

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