|Prothonotary Warbler, my one and only photo of a bird taken at night with a flash, Espenscheid Forest Preserve, Rockford, IL; 5/5/2011|
|The best hand-held photo I could get of the Prothonotary Warbler in low light.|
After looking at my photos, I confirmed that it was indeed a Prothonotary Warbler, a mostly yellow bird with grayish/blue wings and white under the tail coverts. These warblers can be found in summer months in the eastern half of the U.S. very seldom venturing as far north as the Great Lakes except for the southern half of lake Michigan, the southernmost Great Lake. They're more likely to be found in wooded swamps (exactly where I saw mine) or ponds, and except for migrating purposes will not be found in the mountainous regions of the Appalachians.
|Sunset of the day, Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve; 4/11/2011.|