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American Redstart Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: One of the more common warbler species we see in South Dakota, and one that stays around and breeds here in the summer, yet they are a warbler! That means they're constantly on the move. For American Redstarts, it's usually relatively low in the canopy or in shrubs, so at least they're often "in range" of a photo. But when I say "constantly on the move", I mean it! And not only are they physically flitting from location to location, but they have the habitat of continually shifting in place while perched in ONE spot, including the fanning of the tail behavior that characterizes the species. That means even when you do get a chance to trigger a photo, oftentimes it's blurred because of the bird moving in place. Fortunately, given they are relatively common, I've had plenty of chances to try to shoot them over the years. My favorite photo is the one below, from May 16th, 2020 at Beaver Creek Nature Area near Brandon, South Dakota.

American Redstart - Setophaga ruticilla

American Redstart 1 - Setophaga ruticilla

American Redstart 2 - Setophaga ruticilla

American Redstart 3 - Setophaga ruticilla

American Redstart 4 - Setophaga ruticilla

American Redstart 1

June 3rd, 2007
Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

American Redstart 2

August 28th, 2009
Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

American Redstart 3

May 12th, 2011
Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

American Redstart 4

June 3rd, 2007
Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

American Redstart 5 - Setophaga ruticilla

American Redstart 6 (female) - Setophaga ruticilla American Redstart 7 - Setophaga ruticilla American Redstart 8 - Setophaga ruticilla

American Redstart 5

June 3rd, 2007
Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

American Redstart 6 (Female)

June 20th, 2008
Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

American Redstart 7

June 8th, 2008
Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota

American Redstart 8

August 28th, 2009
Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota
American Redstart 9 - Setophaga ruticilla American Redstart 10 (Female) - Setophaga ruticilla

American Redstart 11 (Female) - Setophaga ruticilla

American Redstart 12 (Female) - Setophaga ruticilla

American Redstart 9(Female)

May 26th, 2011
Beaver Creek Nature Area, South Dakota

American Redstart 10(Female)

May 26th, 2011
Beaver Creek Nature Area, South Dakota

American Redstart 11 (Female)

May 17th, 2013
Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

American Redstart 12 (Female)

June 20th, 2008
Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota
American Redstart 13 - Setophaga ruticilla American Redstart 14 - Setophaga ruticilla American Redstart 15 - Setophaga ruticilla  American Redstart 16 - Setophaga ruticilla 

American Redstart 13

May 16th, 2020
Beaver Creek Nature Area, South Dakota

American Redstart 14

May 16th, 2020
Beaver Creek Nature Area, South Dakota

American Redstart 15

May 21st, 2020
Outdoor Campus, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
 

American Redstart 16

May 21st, 2020
Outdoor Campus, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
 
American Redstart 17 - Setophaga ruticilla  American Redstart 18 - Setophaga ruticilla  American Redstart 19 - Setophaga ruticilla   

American Redstart 17

May 21st, 2020
Outdoor Campus, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
 

American Redstart 18

May 21st, 2020
Outdoor Campus, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
 

American Redstart 19

May 21st, 2020
Outdoor Campus, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
 
 

Click here for the species description page for the American Redstart.


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