There were a lot of Warblers up at my parents’ cottage this past summer. (They’re insect eaters, so there must have been a lot of bugs, too!) Warblers are very small (usually around four and half inches long), often brightly coloured birds, which are far more common than most people realize – they tend to move very fast, which means that by the time you’ve realized you’re looking at a Warbler, it has already moved on somewhere else, and they tend to congregate in mixed flocks, which means that just because you’ve identified one Warbler doesn’t mean you know what any of the rest of them are.
I was fortunate enough to discover that the Warblers at my parents’ cottage had a routine, and more often than not, I could get a look at them by picking a spot (usually on the dock) and waiting for them to show up.
This one is a Tennessee Warbler, and it was quite a flirt (as you can see). It hopped around on one or two branches, turning from side to side, flicking its tail and generally courting the camera – not that it stayed still long enough to get many pictures!