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.
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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!
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.
My favourite shot from day three was this one of a Magnolia Warbler.
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.