The favorite part of spring migration for me is seeing all of the wood warblers who’ve spent the winter hundreds or thousands of miles to the south. Migration is over now, so here’s a peek at some of the warblers I saw this past season. They seemed to work extra hard at hiding from my lens this year, that’s always a challenge! But this was balanced out by being able to hold a Mourning Warbler in my hands. So there you go, nature’s balance 🙂
This Black and White Warbler I caught hopping between trees
This Black-Throated Blue Warbler posed just long enough for me to get a picture
Black-Throated Green Warblers seem to be less shy of me than many other warblers
A beautiful Blackburnian Warbler is a burst of color and motion
This Blue-Winged Warbler was quite the acrobat
A Hooded Warbler sings from the canopy
A handsome Nashville Warbler
Ovenbirds are rather shy, so I was happy to get this photo – looks like a Wood Thrush!
Palm Warblers can frequently be seen foraging on the ground
Here’s a female American Redstart
This Yellow Warbler posed nicely for me
Yellow-Rumped Warblers are common early in migration season
Yellow-Throated Warblers are more often heard than seen
Common Yellowthroats frequently hide in thickets
If you didn’t get to see these beauties recently, you’ll have another chance this autumn- though they’ll typically be in duller feathers than in the spring- mating season will be over, and young birds will be making their first migration. A good tip to prospective birders is to start birdwatching in the spring, because the autumn is a bigger challenge when it comes to identifying birds. But it is always fun!