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Male Golden-winged Warbler with Spruce budworm


Posted by Paul Rossi on Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:13 pm

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Taken in Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula.  This bird was feeding young.  It searched the spruce tree in the background and found the Spruce budworm which is deeper in its bill, then went to a tag alder right next to the spruce and found a typical large green caterpillar of its breeding habitat, then returned to search for more budworms.  Its nesting habitat (dominated by tag alder and willows) was right next to budworm infested spruces so it took advantage of the bounty.

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by Cynthia Crawford on Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:27 pm
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Isn't it a great time of year with so much feeding and begging going on? Love the parental pose and pretty Spruce background. You have a treasure trove there.
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by Debapratim Saha on Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:46 pm
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Lovely behavioural image in a nice setting.
 

by Karl Egressy on Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:58 pm
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Excellent behavior shot.
 

by Ron Day on Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:36 pm
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Cynthia Crawford wrote:
Isn't it a great time of year with so much feeding and begging going on? Love the parental pose and pretty Spruce background. You have a treasure trove there.

I agree, a lovely behavioral image, Paul.  
 

by Paul Rossi on Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:41 pm
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Thank You Cynthia and Ron.
 

by Carol Clarke on Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:19 am
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Another bonus from this bounty is you sharing it with us so beautifully, Paul. Wonderful images from your amazing area!

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