Monday, April 20, 2015

Waiting for the warblers

"For most bird-watchers the coming of the warblers has the same effect as catnip on a cat." - Arline Thomas

The highlight of spring birdwatching season for many birdwatchers is seeing warblers during migration. In North America there are more than 50 species of warblers. They are small brightly colored birds and have a huge voice for their tiny size. They have been called the "butterflies of the bird world." 

Here's a primer on how to watch warblers.

In addition to warblers there are lots of other birds that can be seen during migration and during the nesting season. I've started a list of birds I've seen this spring and summer to share with you. 

So far these are some songbirds I've seen during migration. (I'll update the list as I see more birds.) 

Fox Sparrow, Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creeper, and a Hermit Thrush. (*FOY BY indicated first of year back yard)

Fox Sparrow 
(Added to 2015 list on 4/19/15 - FOY BY)

Golden-crowned Kinglet
(Added to 2015 list on 3/30/15 - FOY BY)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
(Added to 2015 list on 3/30/15 - FOY BY)
Brown Creeper
(Added to 2015 list on 4/5/15- FOY BY)
Hermit Thrush
(Added to 2015 list on 4/12/15 - FOY BY)
In addition to songbirds migrating, other bird species like raptors, woodpeckers, and 
waterfowl in the process of migration. Last night I saw a a female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker perched on the birch tree in my backyard. Below is a picture of the female.  

Female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
(Added to list 5/23/15 - FOY BY)

Male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
(Have not seen this year as of 5/23/15) The male has red feathers on his throat. 

Turkey Vulture
(Added to list 4/3/15 - FOY BY)

Finally a Yellow-rumped warbler!
Yellow-rumped Warbler
(Added to list 4/24/15 - FOY BY)

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