Readers’ wildlife photos

June 8, 2021 • 8:00 am

Send in your good wildlife photos, please!

Today’s photos, taken by Paul Edelman in Tennessee, were sent in by his wife Suzanna Sherry; both are law professors at Vanderbilt. I believe that the captions and IDs are hers, though, and they’re indented.

I’m answering your call of desperation with more photos from my husband, Paul Edelman. Migration season is winding down, so many of these birds are either breeding here or here for at least the rest of the summer. Some of them may be year-round  residents, but I’m not knowledgeable enough yet! As before, all were taken at Radnor Lake State Park, with a Nikon D-500 camera and a Nikkor 500 mm f5.6 lens.

Two photos of the same prothonotary warbler baby (Protonotaria citrea) in its nest – in one of them it’s being fed by a parent. The baby looks bigger than the parent, but I assume that’s all just fluff.

A wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina), which I hadn’t seen before and is a very handsome bird.

Another orchard oriole (Icturus spurius) – we’ve seen quite a number of these.

Red-eyed vireo (Vireo olivaceus), apparently very common around here.

Summer tanager (Piranga rubra), just passing through, I think.

Louisiana waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla).

Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica).

And just so your readers know that Radnor has more than birds, here’s a white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus):

7 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. Delightful!

    The post did not come through 100% in the email – only a link and some header text – no graphics.

    1. I think ;you are correct !!! Thank you for pointing this out–I had no idea until you raised the question and I started researching it. There are lots of pictures on the web of warblers adopting cowbird chicks.

    2. Unfortunately that’s the explanation for why the baby is so much bigger than the parent and looks nothing like it. Cowbirds are a scourge of warblers, and of the prothonotary in particular. My understanding is that numbers of the endangered Kirtland’s warbler didn’t start to really pick up until they began trapping and removing cowbirds from the warbler’s main (and tiny) breeding area.

      Wonderful photos by the way.

  2. Many good photos, but the red eyed vireo just before landing I find haunting., is that how they do it?

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