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Autumn Warbler Incidents, part 1 – A Dew Bath.

September 21, 2013

Nashville Warbler

September is a big autumn migration month- this is when warblers pass through Ohio on their way to the southern US or sometimes even all the way to South America.  Needless to say, for birders this is an active and exciting time.

Every once in a while, I get lucky and spot something out of the ordinary.  This brief series of posts will highlight a few incidents from this month that I thought were worth sharing.

First up is a common migrant, a Nashville Warbler.

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Here’s the colorful fellow peeking out from the foliage as I first saw it.  Handsome bird.

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Notice how the vegetation is dew-soaked…the Nashville Warbler noticed this too.

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Hmmm, this looks good…

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Suddenly, to my surprise, it started taking a dew bath.

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This bird vigorously fluttered its feathers against the wet leaves, giving itself a pseudo-bath, splashing water drops hither and yon.

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Here the Nashville looks out from the leafy limb as if it is soaking itself in its makeshift tub- which is just what it was doing.

I bet that felt good!

Stay tuned for more warbler incidents over the next couple of weeks.

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. September 21, 2013 7:02 pm

    I guess you just have to grab a bath when and where you can when you’re a bird.

  2. September 21, 2013 7:17 pm

    That’s a new one on me, very good captures!

    • September 21, 2013 8:03 pm

      It was new to me too- but it was really dripping-wet that morning from the humidity, and warblers are quite small…makes sense for them to do this when you think about it!

  3. September 21, 2013 7:23 pm

    You know I love the warblers! Great captures!

  4. September 21, 2013 7:29 pm

    Amazing, Thanks for posting!

  5. September 21, 2013 8:31 pm

    Your photos are great and more importantly they are a lot of fun.

  6. September 21, 2013 11:12 pm

    How cute! Reminds me of being a kid and standing under a tree after it has rained and shaking the branches to make the raindrops fall on your head.

  7. September 22, 2013 4:18 am

    What a lovely little bird, and well captured! I hope it felt better after the quick bath!

    • September 22, 2013 10:43 pm

      It looked like it was having a good time, Jo- wish I had a fraction of all that energy!

  8. September 22, 2013 12:03 pm

    What a great moment to capture!

  9. September 23, 2013 7:44 pm

    What a sweet and beautiful creature; thanks for capturing these lovely images, Tracy, and sharing them!

  10. September 23, 2013 10:41 pm

    What a great series of photos! A very rare treat!

  11. September 23, 2013 10:52 pm

    What a cute little fellow! Is the red bird by it a cardinal or something else?

    • September 23, 2013 11:15 pm

      I really liked the little bird! That’s a red leaf tucked back in the foliage- but there were Cardinals around, and they love to hide in thickets 🙂

  12. September 24, 2013 5:00 pm

    What a great capture!

  13. September 27, 2013 9:05 am

    Hi Seasons, I have never seen a Nashville Warbler in spite of having lived in East TN for nearly 4 years (previous residence). They are lovely (and smart, too) little birds. Thanks for sharing. Have a really great day today!

    • September 28, 2013 8:38 am

      Thanks, Wildlifewatcher! You have something to look forward to in my next report, which is about a Tennessee Warbler 🙂

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