Warbler Week 2015 – Day 1

May 16, 2015
It may not have been stellar weather this morning, but the woods at Prince Edward Point were brimming with birds! It was an excellent start to this year’s Birding Festival – which I affectionately call “Warbler Week”. It’s the best week of the year for birding, and especially for my favourite birds, the warblers! :)

This morning I spotted 11 different species: Blackburnian, Tennessee, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Common Yellowthroat, Nashville, Yellow-rumped, Magnolia, and this American Redstart.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015
It’s an immauture male. Soon the blotchy areas of his body will be black, and the yellow feathers will become a rich orangy-red.
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Here’s what a mature male Redstart looks like:
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2014

I got shots of a few other warblers this morning. This Magnolia was high up in a tree near the main trail in the Traverse Woods.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015

The Magnolia Warbler is quite striking isn’t it? But not every Spring warbler is flashy and colourful. Here’s a female Black-throated Blue that I took this morning.
(c) copyright garry Kirsch, 2015
This rather drab looking bird is most easily identified by the small white patch on its wing.

In conrast, one of the most active, vocal, and brightly coloured warblers is the Yellow Warbler.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015

It addition to the migrating warblers, there were also Towhees, Orioles, Tanagers, Flycatchers, Vireos, and more… including this Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015

…and just so you don’t think I am only shooting photos of birds, here’s a shot I took this morning of a Red Squirrel. :)
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015

Can you tell I’m having a lot of fun already!? :)
I can’t wait for tomorrow!


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2 Responses to Warbler Week 2015 – Day 1

  1. Susan says:

    Great shots Garry! Thanks for the post. Looking forward to the next installment!

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