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Black-throated Blue Warbler

Posted on May 7, 2017

I finally took a good photo of a male Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) earlier this week! However, it was not without tremendous persistence and many failed attempts, as is the beauty of digital photography.

What you cannot see is that I edited out the black-legged or deer tick attached to this poor guy’s face. The tick was engorged just in front of his eye, a precarious place to scratch. Please keep ticks in mind as you go outdoors this season as many people still neglect to take any precautions or check themselves after being outdoors. Some doctors are still entirely unaware of the national health crisis we are facing. I have had Lyme disease twice, and my late sheltie Molly had anaplasmosis – you do not want either one, or any of the even deadlier diseases. Go outdoors, enjoy yourself, but be vigilant and mindful.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator