Finally, after weeks of close-up automated photographs of Robins, Grackles and Cardinals at the pond, our automated camera did its job and captured a warbler visting the waterfall. Any other year they would have been lining up to bathe in it but this, as the more faithful readers will know, has been a strange season.

Anyway – not only was it a warbler it was a Blackpoll Warbler which, while not a lifer by any means, was a new species for the garden list which now stands at a comfortable 106 species.

And here he is …

… and then he left:

(** note: this camera detects movement and body heat to trigger the shutter so small, fast moving birds tend to be slightly blurry … better than missing the birds, however)

But of course, the faithful residents also came to cool off and deserve their moment of glory: