Birds Around the Lake

The area around Reelfoot Lake was once again busy with a variety of birds, some of which were passing through during spring migration.

One of my favorites to look for each year is the Prothonotary Warbler with its bright yellow plumage. I spotted this one in a wooded area, busily preening its feathers.

Flitting about in the top of the Cypress trees were the Yellow-rumped warblers flashing their beautiful yellow patches …

and the larger gray and white Eastern Kingbird on the lookout for flying insects.

Down closer to the water we spotted a shy thrush sitting on a cypress knee …

and a male and female Red-winged blackbird, catching insects and guarding nests among the swampy vegetation.

“In a world where thrushes sing and willow trees are golden in the spring, boredom should have been included among the seven deadly sins.” ~Elizabeth Goudge

9 thoughts on “Birds Around the Lake

  1. Our primary migration days through our area were May 10th through 12th, but I didn’t see any unusual birds and unfortunately none of these birds. I’ll tell you something Rebecca … if I saw a spot of yellow, I’d look up in an an instant. They are beautiful birds!

    • Prothonotary Warblers are beautiful birds. They arrive here around the first of April and spend the summer, leaving in early August. They seem to like the Cypress trees and swampy area around the lake. If I keep my eyes open, I usually see them a few different times during this period.

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