A flash of orange flitted about the tree holding the wren house at the end of May. I was watching the wrens sing and visit their nest in the house. A few days passed before the little American redstart stopped long enough for me to see him clearly. It was the first time I had seen one. In early June, I found him singing from a nearby branch.
At 5 1/4 inches, the American redstarts are slightly larger than the American goldfinches (5 inches). Unlike the goldfinches, the redstarts keep to the trees in the woods. I hear their song when I walk in the woods. I haven’t seen or heard one outside of the woods.
In late May, another shy warbler made his way up a tree next to the road that goes to the pond by the lake. When the yellow warbler reached the top, he looked around before flying away. I haven’t seen one since. The leaves grew quickly in the spring giving the birds many places to hide.
May 25, 2017
June 6, 2017
An American redstart singing in the woods at Jester Park, Iowa, June 6, 2017. The redstart sings three times in the clip. His song sounds a little like a burst from a whistle. He was joined by many other birds singing and chattering in the surrounding trees.
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