Because none of these photos are models of clarity, but because all certainly count towards my observation list, I thought I’d lump them together into a single post.
Palm Warbler – Dendroica palmarum – also known as Paruline à couronne rousse (French), Palmzanger (Dutch), Palmenwaldsänger (German), Dendroica delle palme (Italian), Reinita Palmera (Spanish).
Due to the location, both shots are of the Brown (Western) variety of Palm Warbler. The Yellow (Eastern) variety is restricted to the extreme Eastern US. The top shot is your “typical” Western Palm Warbler in adult breeding plumage (April through August), typified by rufous / reddish cap. The bottom photo is a juvenile or an adult in non-breeding plumage (August through March), typified by the lack of a rufous cap. Palm Warblers spend their summers in Canada and their winters on the Gulf Coast and in the Caribbean. They pass through Iowa on migration only. Both shots were basically one-and-done’s. The warblers barely stopped long enough to grab a single shot and then flew off.
Both photos were taken near water, the top near a city pond and the bottom in some tall grass on the banks of the Mississippi River. Palm Warblers are usually found near water.
Both photos taken with the Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D and a Sigma 70-300mm Lens in Davenport, Iowa. The top photo was taken May 2, 2007 and the bottom October 10, 2007.
Eastern Phoebe – Sayornis phoebe – Moucherolle phébi (French), Phoebe (Dutch), Phoebe (Germany), Febe orientale (Italian), Papamoscas Sombrio (Spanish).
I’ve seen this guy twice, once in my backyard for about three seconds (top photo), and the second one off the side of the road near a corn field while driving home from work. The Eastern Phoebe is found in Iowa during the summer months only.
Both photos taken with the Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D and a Sigma 70-300mm Lens in Davenport, Iowa. The top photo was taken September 17, 2007 and the bottom photo on October 11, 2007.