Days 6, 8, and 9 of Warbler Week 2014

May 24, 2014
Well, the annual ‘Warbler Week’ is over for another year. :(
Only 350 days (and counting) until the next one! :)

Due to poor weather conditions (and other things) I was only able to get to Prince Edward Point six times during the birding festival – but they were six of the most wonderful days!

Thursday, May 15th was a very good day! I got two of my favourite photos while walking along the trails of the Point Traverse woods. This first shot is of a Blackburnian Warbler.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2014
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I think this is my most favourite shot from the whole week. It’s not a rare warbler, but it is one of the more beautiful ones, and I was so happy with the setting, and that I was able to catch the bird in mid song. :)

The other shot I want to share from day 6, is one of a less common warbler. It’s one that I  must have an affinity with, because I see them relatively frequently while other birders don’t. This is more luck than skill, and while there is no scientific basis for it, I think every birder has ‘good luck’ and ‘bad luck’ birds.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2014
This is a Wilson’s Warbler. They look a lot like the ubiquitous Yellow Warbler, but with a jet black skull cap. :)

Day 8 of Warbler Week was a lot of fun. I took 11 of my friends around Prince Edward Point and showed them how to take bird photos. I didn’t add any warblers to my list, or even get any great photos to share, but it was a most enjoyable morning.

The final day of the week produced one more good warbler photo. This one is of a Black-throated Green Warbler.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2014
This is usually one of the more commonly seen warblers, but this year they were fairly scarce.

And that was it. If you’d like to see all of the warblers that I photographed this year, I have a shot of each of them in a Photobucket album. Here’s the link:


And just for a change of pace. Here’s a non-warbler shot from Day 9.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2014
It’s a Horned Grebe that I spotted while walking along the top of the bluff overlooking Prince Edward Bay.

Even though the birding festival week is over, the Spring migration isn’t. If we get some good weekend weather, I’ll be out hunting for more warblers to add to my annual count – and you’ll be the first to see what I find! :)

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2 Responses to Days 6, 8, and 9 of Warbler Week 2014

  1. Jenn Jilks says:

    We had to go to BC for a wedding, but here at home we have a wood duck and a phoebe pair nesting! We have rose-breasted grosbeak, as well as several warblers.
    Thanks for sharing your photos. I’m sure I’d never get there!

    • Garry Kirsch says:

      You’re welcome Jenn. Thanks for the comment. It’s great that you have Wood Ducks and Phoebes and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks – all great birds!

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