Part Of The Regular Crew
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Although ducks have been surprisingly absent from Sweetwater Wetlands this fall there are other migratory species that are present, and right on time. Among the returning regulars is this bird:
This little bird, a bit smaller than a sparrow, is an Orange-crowned Warbler. In summer this bird is a common sight throughout much of the western United States, but also in the southern parts of just about every Canadian province. Its summer range seems to extend to just north of the Tucson area. They show up in large numbers every fall at the wetlands, and if there are also summer residents there, they seem to be augmented greatly in fall and winter by migrating birds.
These little warblers love to hang out in brushy areas and at the wetlands they habituate the reeds and bushes that border the creek and the ponds. I’ve seen them feeding on the seeds of cattails.
The bird gets its name from the fact that it has a “crown” of orange feathers on the top of its head. On most individuals, however, the crown is either absent or very hard to find. I was surprised when I looked at my photographs of the individual depicted here. Yes, there is a definite orange “crown” on its head, albeit a tiny one.
Enlarge this image and look closely at the top of the bird’s head. You’ll see its crown, a thin stripe of orange feathers.
Images made with a Canon 5Diii, 400DO, aperture preferred setting, ISO 500, f6.3 @ 1/2000.