An immature female Townsend’s Warbler quickly moves from branch to branch consuming some extremely tiny powder blue flies. If you look closely, you can see some of the fluff from the flies on its beak. This was the first Townsend’s Warbler I had ever seen and so it was very exciting, especially to see find it in my own back yard!
They are very quick moving small birds and so quite a challenge to capture!
“ABOUT TOWNSEND’S WARBLERS”
The Townsend’s Warbler is a very small song bird at only 9 g( 0.3 oz) and 7.62-12.7 cm ( 3-5 in).
Note; viewing in large size, the bird appears life size!
Townsend’s Warbler’s breed from Alaska and British Columbia to northern Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. They spend their winters from southwestern California southward. Preferred habitats include coniferous forests, especially old stands of Douglas firs.
They are closely related to the Hermit Warbler, and the two species interbreed where their ranges overlap.
This bird was named after the American ornithologist, John Kirk Townsend.
Taken on Oct 7/09 at 11:56 am in my own back yard, on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.
Camera; Canon 40D
Lens; Canon EF 100-400 IS USM Lens.
Tripod; Manfrotto, including joystick head
Taken at 1/2000’s at f/9, 400 mm, man col bal, iso 800.
No cropping, or sharpening.