March 06, 2014

American Redstart

American Redstart by ricmcarthur
American Redstart, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
This is a shot from one of our trips to Texas, where we went to get away from winter.
It turned out to be two of the mildest winters we have had in recent memory.
Staid home this year, bad idea.
Anyway, the redstart is a fast moving warbler that bounces around in search of insects.
I find them difficult to photograph, mostly blurred or behind a branch, this one messed up and sat still in the open.

Setophaga ruticilla

Like the Painted Redstart and other “redstarts” of the Neotropics, the American Redstart flashes the bright patches in its tail and wings.

The male American Redstart sometimes has two mates at the same time. While many other polygamous bird species involve two females nesting in the same territory, the redstart holds two separate territories that can be separated by a quarter-mile. The male begins attracting a second female after the first has completed her clutch and is incubating the eggs.

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