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The illusive camping birds plus a robin or three


I like site #16 at our local state park because it’s always filled with birds, many of them different than the birds that visit my feeders at home.

A yellow warbler hides in plain sight.

Camping there this week without Katie to distract me or them, I sat quietly through most of a day, camera in my lap studying how they worked the shrubs for food. There was wild cucumber as well as wild grapes winding their vines all over, and though the fruit wasn’t ripe, they seemed to be enjoying it.

I don’t know if this is the same bird, see the black around it’s eye?

This little yellow warbler worked his (or her) way up and down the branches, picking off green fruit as it went.

Giving me the cold shoulder.

I couldn’t get a good image, because it never stayed still, and mostly hid behind at least one layer of leaves. It would pop out for an instant and then be hidden again.


I tried for hours.

While I was concentrating on the little yellow bird I noticed a robin hopping around near my feet. Sometimes he’d stop and stare at me, and I realized I had a big container of blueberries open in front of me.

Hey lady! You got anything good over there?

Did he want one?

Well of course he did! Obviously he has been successful begging campers before.

Nom nom nom

The whole three days I was there a robin stopped by and begged for a treat. I don’t know if it was the same one, but at least once there were several be-bopping around.

Thanks lady!

And I had this visitor, I don’t know what this is, but he (or she) stopped by a couple of times.

He’s got a dark patch on his head that you can’t really see here.

And this one….this one seemed interested in the blueberries and chased a couple of them down when I tossed them his way. But he didn’t eat any of them. I don’t know what he is either.

About the same size as a robin, but slimmer. Maybe because he doesn’t eat blueberries.

At one time there was a perfect shot, he flew up on top of my tent with a small insect in his mouth, but of course my camera was over on the picnic table so I just watched him as he watched me.

Maybe a young something?

None of these bird pictures are great. I have excuses, the light was low, the birds were fast, I didn’t have the right ISO or shutter speed. But it was good practice for me and I’ll try again soon.

Meanwhile if you know what those last two birds are, let me know!

Site #16.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

17 thoughts on “The illusive camping birds plus a robin or three

  1. What a fun way to spend time. I love watching birds, and photographing them is always a challenge.


  2. I am still trying to process Katie being a distraction….. I like the photo of the bird wing in motion. That is such a pretty one! We have nothing like that here in sunny FL.


  3. I have no clue what these birdies are, but they’re just delightful! I’m guessing you didn’t try to feed them out of your hand, right?


  4. Your bird looks like some type of sparrow.

    Don’t most campgrounds have quiet hours?

    We camped at a State Forest campground with a bunch of kids who were kayaking, but they quieted down when it got dark (thank goodness).


    • Yes there are quiet hours…from 10 p.m. till sometime in the morning. My experience is that around 10 it does usually get quiet. Just not this trip. And I’ve noticed most campers sleep in in the morning till 9 or so. Katie and I often go for walks around 6 and no one is up!


  5. You need to invest in a good field guide to birds.


  6. Your photos are fabulous! Your mystery bird might be a female red wing blackbird


  7. Lovely way to spend time on quiet days. I can’t see it really well, but the bird in the second photo seems to have a different beak than the warbler, maybe some kind of goldfinch? Or not. The last two photos look like many female birds do so I’d agree with the female blackbird.


    • On FB Christine suggested the bird with the black around the eye might be a ‘blue winged warbler’ and I looked that up and the picture is exactly like my picture. Don’t know why they call it a blue winged bird..given the wings aren’t blue…but still…

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      • I saw that after I posted. I have Mitch Waite’s iPad app that I really like but apparently need to reinstall because it seems to be stuck, so couldn’t check.


  8. You’re quite the budding ornithologist. blue winged warbler? Never heard of them either, glad for the education, looked most like a catbird to me, same body shape.


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