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September’s Autumn Warblers.

October 1, 2016


September is autumn migration month for Wood Warblers.  Those brightly-colored insect-eaters of the forests are heading back to Central and South America to escape the cold season, to return to raise new families next spring.  Here are some photographs I took of these birds this past month.  Most are far less colorful than they were in the spring, when they were in their showiest feathers.  Many of these birds are immatures that were born here over the summer, making their first long migration south.

Compare these birds to last May’s Warbler crop.  They look quite different, don’t they?  Autumn is not the best season to start being a birder, things can be hard to figure out then 🙂


Yellow-Throated Warbler


Wilson’s Warbler


Black-Throated Green Warbler


Bay-Breasted Warbler


Common Yellowthroat (male)


Common Yellowthroat (female)


American Redstart (female)


Black & White Warbler


Northern Parula Warbler (immature)


Northern Parula Warbler (adult)


Magnolia Warbler


Northern Waterthrush


Palm Warbler

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2016 8:13 am

    Just beautiful and, as always, so helpful and educational! I so appreciate your writing and photography, and how they add to my enjoyment and understanding of the wild spaces I love. Thank you!

  2. October 13, 2016 10:07 pm

    I’ll keep that advice in mind–start birding in spring not fall!

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