Sometimes you get incredibly lucky and get a wood-warbler that feeds at your feet. Today was one of those days. A couple of Pine Warblers were being incredibly cooperative at Forest Park, the sun was shining, and I had my digiscoping rig with me. Numerous times the birds came so close that I could not focus. I actually decoupled my scope from the tripod and lied down on the ground and got some shots that way. I hope the results speak for themselves.

Pine Warbler in Queens

I don’t really have much more to say other than spring is finally here, the wood-warblers are coming, and if I never have as good at look at Setophaga pinus again I will not be in the least bit surprised. Enjoy! (And click on the images – most of them have larger versions available.)

Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus

The yellow was almost too much for this winter-weary birder.

Pine Warbler on the prowl

It is always nice when you are close enough to see the brown iris of a Pine Warbler.

Pine Warbler looking under leaves

Is this bird intent or what?

Pine Warbler feather detail

Who likes feather detail?

Pine Warbler portrait

And if feather detail isn’t your thing how about a portrait?

Pine Warbler in New York City

I think Pine Warblers have just the right amount of color for an early wood-warbler. If the spring started with Magnolia Warblers we wouldn’t be able to take after a winter of chickadees and nuthatches.

Pine Warbler at Forest Park

Pine Warbler!

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.