I found a trace of gold at Blue Springs Creek this morning!

April 29, 2016

A golden-winged warbler in joyous song along Blue Springs Creek in Crawford County.

Yes, I struck gold on Blue Springs Creek this morning. I knew it was going to be a great morning because the forecast was “partly cloudy to cloudy.” I relish partly cloudy days because I’m not under so much pressure to capture images before the sun gets too bright/harsh, which is typically by 9:00 AM or a little earlier, in my opinion. This morning, I was able to sit and watch a mink den for almost two hours before I gave up and continued down the middle of the stream in my waders. By the time I found this gorgeous goldenwing, the filtered light was still as soft as ever.

I’m always excited to run across a golden-winged warbler on its migration farther north and east to breeding grounds. The Cornell website reports that golden wings have suffered severe population declines in the last half-century. This little fella didn’t seem to notice me at all as I stood in the middle of the creek with my tripod and camera. It provided a variety of poses before disappearing into the riparian brush.

 

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This head turn revealed the tiny wisp of black “eyeliner” at the back of the bird’s eye, as if it needed any accents to make it more striking.

 

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Maybe the little goldenwing noticed me after all, at least it looks that way from this image.

 

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In this final image, the bird is looking away but I loved the color and texture in this one the most. When my friend Mike looked at the images, he said that the goldenwing reminded him of a chickadee with extra color.

I’m glad I got the chance to share some of the gold from my discovery this morning. I hope it helps to kick off your weekend with a smile on your face. I know it did mine!

Thanks for looking,

DB

Email:  Natureframes@Rocketmail.Com

Gallery of Images: ¬†Danny’s Website

 

 

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