Tennessee Warbler

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were dueling around the feeder – one of them zipping so close to my head I could feel the whirring buzz of its wings – and a Tufted Titmice was hovering under the deck umbrella, cleaning out the spider webs, when a small, quickly moving bird arrived in the leaves of the white oak next to the deck. A plain, greenish-gray on the back and wings, pale underneath, with a hint of a yellow throat, a white eye-stripe and very faint wing-bars – it was a female Tennessee Warbler. She moved mostly over the smaller branches, gleaning insects or spiders from the leaves. Some Carolina Chickadees and more Tufted Titmice were foraging in the oak leaves, too, but I couldn’t find any other warblers or migrants.

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