Spring Warblers by the Boatload

By , May 28, 2013 8:29 pm
Blackburnian Warbler 5/23/13

Blackburnian Warbler 5/23/13

This has been a very strange and very late Spring.  Some birds are coming in very late and some, like the Spring Sparrows, came in more or less that same time as usual.  For both my wife and I the Spring Warblers are among our favorite birds.  They are popular because they are among the most colorful birds in North America, and in Spring they display breeding plumage.   In the Fall, the birds are often far less colorful and they can be much harder to see against the leaves.  Our first Warbler this year was the Yellow-rumped Warbler.  This is probably the most common Warbler among the migrants.   It is always the first to come, but usually it comes in late March or early April.

We had 6 days of rain from May 17th to May 22nd and the weather broke on the afternoon of the 22nd.  That evening we had a groups of Vireos fly through.  The next morning brought a flight of Warblers.  They were particularly active at the public access just a few hundred feet from our front door.   Warblers in the tall trees can be hard to identify but when they are jumping around in the grass, one doesn’t have any problems. Most of the time these ‘flights’ last a day or 2 but this one has gone on for 6 days. What was nice is that we barely had to go past our front door.

Tennessee Warbler 5/23/13

Tennessee Warbler 5/23/13

Blackpoll Warbler 5/23/13

Blackpoll Warbler 5/23/13

Pine Warbler 5/23/13

Pine Warbler 5/23/13

Cape May Wabler 5/23/13

Cape May Wabler 5/23/13

American Redstart 5/28/13

American Redstart 5/28/13

Wilsons's Warbler 5/25/13

Wilsons’s Warbler 5/25/13

Canada Warbler 5/24/13

Canada Warbler 5/24/13

Magnolia Warbler 5/24/13

Magnolia Warbler 5/24/13

2 Responses to “Spring Warblers by the Boatload”

  1. Shawnne says:

    Despite the cool and rainy start to the Spring, we are still managing to have some pretty good birding, and close to home, as well. This is the most warblers I have seen at one time, in one place. I think my favorite ones are the Canada and Blackpoll. They are all beautiful. We have a Pine Warbler who comes and eats from the suet feeder. Haven’t seen this before! We have so many Orioles around the neighborhood. Also, we’ve had a lot of Redstarts. I know this isn’t going to last, but it sure is exciting while it is here. Soon we will settle into our summer bird pattern. One bird we haven’t seen much of is the Eastern Bluebird. There are a few around, not very many. I hope more arrive!

    • Jerry says:

      In NJ I know people would see 20+ Warblers in a day, but I never did. This is about the best I can remember. As good as I ever had it at Rifle Camp Park.

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