Yellow Warbler, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada by Barbara Levy

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Each Spring, we look forward to the arrival of our bright warblers, who migrate thousands of kilometres from their southern wintering grounds to breed here on our small island in the Pacific Northwest.

And last year, while our Provincial parks and nature reserves were closed due to the lockdown, I spent many hours at one of my favourite bird-watching patches where you are greeted with the most melodious, uplifting symphony of birdsong! In late April, when the apple blossoms in the orchard were at their peak, I began by taking photos with my zoom lens to capture the enchanting scene before me, but then, I caught the striking, yellow stripe over the eye of a Savannah sparrow who was almost hidden in the lime green foliage of a cherry tree. I was so excited as I’d never seen this kind of sparrow and photographed him until he flitted off to forage in another tree. Then, a Chipping sparrow, who had been watching my antics from his high perch on a tall maple, looked out onto the apple tree where I first caught sight of the lovely Yellow warbler you see in my photo, ensconced in those light pink blooms.

I was so delighted to be able to watch this tiny forager hopping along the branches as she caught insects for breakfast and waited until she was beautifully lit beneath that cerulean sky — a Spring Vision to behold!

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