Sean Hollowell Photography
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22 ∥ Morgan ♥️ FL → IN → OH (Greene Co.) ? Earth ╳ Wildlife

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The masked bandit of the warbler family. These summer residents are appropriately named but they don’t like to show themselves too often. Prairies and marshes, they act like a smaller, more yellow version of a Red-winged Blackbird in terms of habitat preference. 🌞 ∥ Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

I have three families of birds that I hold above the rest with herons being one of them. No matter how common some of them are, I’ll always seek out another photo. With it being winter here in the buckeye state, we only see a scarce number of Great Blue Herons and an even smaller number of night herons. 🌥 ∥ Great Egret (Ardea alba)

One of my favorite images from the legendary Magee Marsh last May. I always seemed to miss this species in front of my lens each year but 2018 showed me a good handful for a change. My favorite part of spring migration is never knowing what you might see and that every year is different in some way. 🌞 ∥ Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)

The black necklace. This striking bird is for sure one of the best dressed when it comes to the North America's warblers. If there’s a better place to see them up close than Magee Marsh, I’d be happy to argue with you. 🌿 ∥ Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)

Coincidental. While staked out at a tiny conservation area in my current county for a rarity, this dashing shorebird also made an appearance to everyone’s surprise. Seeing this bird in a scope would’ve been great yet she gave me some incredible close up views I highly doubt I’ll ever have the opportunity of encountering again. 🌥 ∥ Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)

A head-on look at one of North America’s most common birds. With such a nostalgic song to me, I always anticipate late April days in prairies or marshes where large groups of them are almost constantly making noise. I was looking for some different blackbirds in my favorite local prairie but I had to stop since this guy was almost begging for a photo. 🌿 ∥ Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

A quick over-the-shoulder look at me before continuing on and flitting around each and every branch. These warblers are almost everywhere in Florida during the winter while my area here in Ohio only sees them during migration periods. 🌿 ∥ Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum palmarum)

Of all the shorebirds I got to see in 2018, this one definitely seemed the most proud. A big muddy puddle all to itself to fuel up on for the long trip south. With that bill, snagging worms and other tiny morsels is super easy and watching it hunt is as close as I’ll ever get to seeing a walking sewing machine. 🌞 ∥ Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus hendersoni)

Awfully camouflaged, these tiny climbers of the trees are sometimes hard to spot. When in full swing, it definitely looks like a small piece of bark detaching from a tree and moving on up somewhere else. They only climb upwards rather than acting unpredictable like how a nuthatch scales a tree. This photo isn’t flipped, those big toes make it rather easy to cling onto bark. 🌲 ∥ Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)

Thrushes. The American Robin is a member of this family, which is probably the most common thrush in North America, but not a member of the Catharus genus that this wonderful migrant is in. The Catharus genus has five North American species and of which are some of the most fantastic singers. Hearing their songs on a brisk, late-April morning is always something to look forward to each year. 🌿 ∥ Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)

Of all of the ducks in the world, these ones are definitely up there in regards to their beauty and elegance. I had hoped for a wing flap and the opportunities for them were almost nonexistent. It wasn’t until the last day of my trip that I had a bunch of these ducks trying to perch on the slippery and jagged rocks of the jetty. Thanks, little dude! 🌊 ∥ Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)

A pair of pals. These sea geese took advantage of the high tide as several good sized puddles appeared near the Barnegat Jetty. A third goose was close by but decided to ditch the group photo. 🌊 ∥ Brant (Branta bernicla bernicla)

A chilly shorebird. These birds are found primarily on the northern Atlantic coast in the winter with the Great Lakes seeing a few each year during that time, too, while they nest in the high Arctic in the summer. One of my favorite parts of my trip to New Jersey. 🌥 ∥ Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)

Scaling the summit. One of the high points of summer for me is seeing all of the young birds and other wildlife take their first steps into the world. This young woodpecker was following mom and dad around as he was learning the ropes of scaling trees. Woodpeckers have stiff tail feathers which help them balance as they move up and down on all the trees they encounter. 🌲 ∥ Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

A strange looking hummingbird. A curled tongue helps these colorful warblers gather nectar. Wherever these yellow flowers were, the warblers followed. 🍃 ∥ Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)

This perch is in the running for my favorite perch I’ve ever seen a bird use. When it gets slow in the middle of the summer, I’ll often try to seek out my area’s specialties and these fancy blackbirds are definitely one of them. Apart from how they look, a neat thing about them is that they sound like old computers when calling about in their prairies. 🌞 ∥ Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

An enemy of my camera. These woodpeckers are stunning, in my opinion, but awfully difficult to photograph. They’re few and far between and are declining, sadly. My area has a consistent pair but they’re almost never close enough. This’ll have to suffice until next spring and summer. 🌲 ∥ Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)

Clinging on. These swallows build their nests on tall structures, whether they’re natural or man-made. One of my favorite moments from this summer was finding such a large colony of these tiny aerialists. 🌥 ∥ Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)