Tree-top Taunters

The arrival of fall brought with it a fresh group of visitors to the backyard, visitors that I have been calling the “tree-top taunters.” These evasive little songsters rarely come to the feeders, instead, they prefer to play hide-and-seek with my lens from behind the leaves.

This female summer tanager was nicely camaflouged,

as was this Chestnut-sided Warbler.

A Red-eyed Vireo (a first for me) also darted in and out of the leaves, coming into the clearing just long enough for a photo or two.

A female Rose-breasted Grosbeak ventured the closest, pausing to pose for a a few pictures before flying off. Isn’t she lovely?

I wish I had been able to get some clearer, cleaner shots, but hey, since I at least have “picture proof” of their presence, I am declaring victory!

6 thoughts on “Tree-top Taunters

  1. I have been snapping pix of moving shadows in the leaves. But yours are clear & clean In the open. A big pat on your back from me, Kathy, for superb picture proof. Thrilling.

  2. I think your shots are fine, Kathy. If you have and image editor you could add some light. These birds are beautiful! 🙂

  3. The only one I recognized was the female rose breasted grosbeak. All the other little yellow birds I would have assumed were goldfinches. I have a lot to learn!

    1. In my old guidebooks they are called “confusing fall warblers”. Good luck learning them. It will take lots of fascinating bird watching. A wonderful pastime.

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