Photographing The Difficult Common Yellowthroat

Today won't be a lengthy post but wanted to share my encounter with this very accommodating Common Yellowthroat. It was a good morning for Warblers today and I was happy to also see my first Yellow Warbler of the year.

Yellowthroats are one of my favourite warblers and I find them extremely difficult to photograph. I've included a tight crop and also a habitat shot. To get these shots I crouched in the wet reeds beneath the bird as he hopped from bush to bush singing his heart out. I am hoping they will  nest here which would be a first for my tiny local park.

Common Yellowthroat in Richmond - Photos: Melissa Hafting

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  1. Great shot Melissa! I also find them (and all warblers) very difficult to photograph. It was a good day for warblers though as I saw several Yellow-rumped and a Yellow warbler while walking our dog in the neighbourhood.

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    1. thanks so much brian. Glad someone else finds these warblers difficult to photograph. It is hard enough getting bins on them much less them holding still for a photo! Yes it was a nice day indeed glad you got out and saw those warblers while walking the dog. speaking of dogs I sure miss mine.. need to get another one. thanks again.

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  2. Beautiful shot Melissa! I think it’s hard to even get a good look at them! By the way I am the young birder that you saw when you saw the Red naped Sapsucker! ��

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    1. thank you so much raymond! it was great meeting you at the red-naped sapsucker! i am impressed by your birding skills!. By the way this was taken at garden city park so look out for them. Today i had a western wood-pewee there and a northern rough-winged swallow and a yellow warbler . at paulik there was an olive sided flycatcher and western tanager and both parks had many wilson's , black-throated gray, townsend's, orange-crowned and yellow-rumpeds. pacific-slopes and hammond's flys. it sure is a special place!

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  3. Nice shots Mel they are beautiful.

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  4. Stunning shot. A fantastic image of the bird.

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