Birds to brighten your day: April 9

Photo by Chris Bosak
A pine warbler visits a backyard in New England, April 2020, Merganser Lake.

A Day on Merganser Lake II

Yesterday I mentioned that I had seen a pine warbler but hadn’t gotten a photo of it. An hour later, the bird was back and I got a few photos. Then I got a few more, and a few more. Turns out, the bird was here all day eating mealworms. He visited the suet feeder as well, but mealworms were clearly his favorite — the same tastes as “my” bluebirds. Sometime in the afternoon, a female pine warbler showed up as well. Below are photos of the male and female for comparison.

So with that sighting I can officially declare: It’s warbler season!

(Repeat text:  I’m running out of COVID-19 lockdown themes so from now until things get back to some semblance of normalcy, I will simply post my best photo from the previous day. You could say it fits because of its uncertainty and challenge. I’ll call the series “A Day on Merganser Lake,” even though that’s not the real name of the lake I live near in southwestern Connecticut, it’s just a nod to my favorite duck family.)

Photo by Chris Bosak
A male pine warbler visits a backyard in New England, April 2020, Merganser Lake.
Photo by Chris Bosak
A female pine warbler visits a backyard in New England, April 2020, Merganser Lake.
Photo by Chris Bosak A pine warbler visits a backyard in New England, April 2020, Merganser Lake.