Early Spring Warblers and a Gnatcatcher - A Day Outing

Photographed on April 17, 2019

I started this morning at a wildlife management area in far southern New Jersey. As soon as I arrived I heard Black and White Warblers singing loudly and immediately began to photograph them. They were very cooperative and gave me some really close opportunities. I next stumbled upon a small group of Yellow-throated Warblers and got what was my favorite photo of that species up to that point in the season. After driving away from those birds I then heard my Northern Parula of the season and got some great photos of that bird. I wrapped up my morning at that location and left, grabbed lunch and then went to a city park in southern New Jersey.

I arrived at the next park and found a Chipping Sparrow and some Carolina Chickadees that I spent a short time with. I then sought out my main target which was to photograph some birds amongst the Cherry Blossom trees in bloom with their gorgeous pink flowers. Two years ago I photographed a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in those same trees and sure enough that’s exactly what I found again. This time I spent a couple of hours with the pair that hung out in that area and manage to get a lot of variety with the gnatcatchers and the beautiful trees. As I was walking back to my car at the end of the day I then found a single Chipping Sparrow that was eating the seeds from a flowered Dandelion which were both glowing in the soft setting sun, what a way to end the day! I hope you enjoy some of my favorites from that wonderful day that really kicked off my spring season of warblers that would last nearly 3 months!

Nature photography has become a very passionate hobby of mine and whenever I get a chance I love to get outside and enjoy being outdoors. I am also the co-owner of KGM Expressions, a wedding and portrait photography business, with my wife Kim. This is how we make our living and I love that we get to do that together.