Daily Archives: May 6, 2017

Red-startled

IMG_7686-2

It thunderstormed and rained hard yesterday as a cool front passed through and after the rain, surprise! there were warblers. Especially noticeable were the American Redstarts flitting around, including this male I photographed across the street.

IMG_7668 (1)-2

Female American Redstart.

American Redstarts are incredibly active insectivores that seem never to stand still. They rapidly spread their cocked tails, exposing the orange or yellow in a quick flash, which often startles insect prey into flushing, whereupon the redstart darts after it, attempting to catch it in the air.

IMG_7675-2

Bonus photo, flowers!

Plumeria aka frangipani is in bloom. It’s the Hawaiian lei flower.