I have been getting tantalizing glimpses of an male adult American Redatart from my window last evening and again early this morning. If I am patient I might be able to get photos sometime today of this speedy little beauty as he flits and zips about Bird Alley among the leaves. But then I recalled I had seen this species here before and a check in my archives found that I had posted this post included below on August 18th., 2008 and I love its pictures, so here it is a repost of that previous sighting
August 18, 2008
This wood warbler is one that is very distinctive in its colouring and lends itself easily to identification. However it is only in its second fall season that this male American Redstart develops its striking orange and black adult plumage. A male wears a yellow and gray plumage for its first year, closely resembling this female American Redstart seen to the left. It is only after the first year that the male displays it easily seen reddish-orange and black feathers.
As with all warblers the Redstart is no exception in its quick movements as it darts about the foliage feeding on insects. This warblers tail movements are very noticeable, quick and fast, as it often spreads and fans it in the surrounding vegetation.