The Last Bird of the Week – Townsend’s Warbler


This is the last of Wickersham’s Conscience’s Birds of the Week. We’ve run through the last species WC photographed in Alaska. The total is 187, if anyone is curious. And for this last species, WC has saved the beautiful Townsend’s Warbler, Alaska’s prettiest warbler.

Townsend's Warbler, University Arboretum, Fairbanks

Townsend’s Warbler, University Arboretum, Fairbanks

That colorful, strongly marked face makes it easy to identify in the field,at least among Alaska’s warblers. While this is a female, and less strongly marked, you can still see what a handsome warbler this is.

Townsend's Warbler, Bicentennial Park, Anchorage

Townsend’s Warbler, Bicentennial Park, Anchorage

You can see how much vivid the male’s coloration is in this photo from Anchorage.

Townsend's Warbler, University Arboretum, Fairbanks

Townsend’s Warbler, University Arboretum, Fairbanks

A beautiful bird, and a good place to wrap up this three-plus year series.

WC thanks each and all of the readers who have stayed with this Saturday series since its start on May 19, 2013. Not all of the birds have been colorful, and some of them have probably been interesting only to hard core birders. WC thanks you for you compliments and kind words across all those blog posts. If WC has increased your interest in the diverse and spectacular Alaska avifauna, well, that’s pretty cool.

Note to Wickersham’s Conscience readers: this series has been a cross-post from The Mudflats. WC has exhausted his photos of Alaska birds – or at least the ones that are decent enough to post – but may carry the series on for North American birds. It depends.

As always, most of these photos and many more remain at Frozen Feather Images.

Thanks again. Take time to enjoy the birds.

/Wickersham’s Conscience

 

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