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Nashville Warbler (Vermivora ruficapilla) in flight 20110504 | by Kenneth Cole Schneider
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Nashville Warbler (Vermivora ruficapilla) in flight 20110504

We arrived in Illinois yesterday before noon and we were out into Batavia's Hawks Bluff Park within minutes after we unpacked. It was in the low 40s with a heavy overcast. The wind picked up and it dropped into the high 30s before the rain started. We saw flocks of warblers near the tops of the tall oak trees but could not discern colors against the glare of the clouds. We recognized many Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers, as well as a few Nashville and Yellow Warblers, but did not get any presentable photos. This morning also started out cold and cloudy, and we headed to Nelson Lake/Dick Young Marsh Preserve in Kane County (IL), another favorite patch near our second home. Suddenly the sun came out and the sky turned blue. I caught this Nashville Warbler in flight, quite by accident. Visit

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Taken on May 4, 2011