A Wee Flash of Yellow

Mike Oxley

Cornwall Ontario, Canada

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Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia

Domtar Driveway, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
May 28th, 2011

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As mentioned in a previous post, we’ve had just a fair bit of rain in the month of May. A total of 5 sunny days in all, apparently. Seems a lot less to me.

Saturday was another grey day, but around 1:00 p.m., I glanced out and saw the sun was shining. “A miracle!” I thought. I went outside to check the various horizons to see if this was going to be a brief episode or if it might last, and, seeing no immediate threats, I grabbed the camera, Bigma and tripod and rushed over to the Canal area, which, fortunately, is only about half a dozen blocks away.

The geese were out and the wee goslings were performing their cute act for the passersby, while Maw and Paw were hissing and honking at anything within a 12 yard radius, their offspring oblivious, as usual.

After taking the obligatory fluffy gosling pics, I thought I’d head over to the old Domtar Driveway to see what I could see.

Once again, the Eastern Kingbirds were flitting about from the tree side to the fence side and having a great time, apparently.

And there was the odd flash of yellow that I kept spotting out of the corner of my eye. Finally one flash of yellow landed on the fence, not too far from where I was standing.

A YellowWarbler! It gave a wee warble, looked around a bit and disappeared. It was as if all the birds were celebrating the warmth and sunlight.

Ninety minutes after I spotted the sunshine through the window, the skies grew black and the heavens opened up, yet again.

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 170 to 500 at 500 mm
iso 400, spot metered, F9.0, 1/640 second

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