Days 2 and 3 of Warbler Week 2014

May 17, 2014
Let’s jump right in with day two of ‘warbler week’. It was amazing! I added 5 more warblers to my annual count, and I saw two birds that I had never seen before! :)

The first, and most special, was a Worm-eating Warbler.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2014
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I had just started down Traverse Lane when this extraodinary, and very rare warbler appeared on the ground to my left. I quickly raised my camera and struggled to get a clear shot as it hopped and moved quickly in and around some deadwood. I got several bad photos, and then this one that shows the bird fairly well. A moment later it flew up into a tree and was gone. Needless to say, that was the highlight of my day! :)

The other new ‘lifer’ for me was a Yellow-throated Vireo. It doesn’t add to my warbler count, but it was a huge thrill to see this bird for the first time, and I managed to capture it as it was capturing a Midge fly!
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2014

To round out the photos from last Sunday, here’s a shot of one of the more common warblers. It is named, quite appropriately, the Yellow Warbler!
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2014
Isn’t he a beauty!

Along with the Worm-eating warbler I also saw a Cape May, Black-and-white, Blackburnian, and Black-throated Green Warbler, bringing my total for the week to 17.

Monday (day 3) yielded fewer birds, but I still had a lot of fun, and I got a few pictures along the way, like this shot of a Cape May Warbler.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2014

I saw a Tennessee Warbler, a Wilson’s, a Bay-breasted, and this Ovenbird.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2014
This brought my total number of warblers for the week to 21! :)

My favourite shot from day three was this one of a Magnolia Warbler.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2014
This beautiful species of warbler was discovered by Alexander Wilson in 1810. He found the bird in a magnolia tree in Mississippi, and although he originally named it the ‘Black-and-yellow Warbler’, he used the word ‘magnolia’ in its latin designation (Setophaga magnolia) and eventully ‘Magnolia Warbler’ became its common name.

That’s all for now, but I’ll have a new post soon with pictures from the balance of the week. :)

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3 Responses to Days 2 and 3 of Warbler Week 2014

  1. Liz says:

    Hi Garry,

    Just wanted to let you know I’m still enjoying reading your posts. Keep up the good work :) happy birding, Liz

  2. Neva Campbell says:

    Garry — what a fantastic shot of the vireo — he really was just waiting for you, wasn’t he!


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