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.
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:
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.
This rather drab looking bird is most easily identified by the small white patch on its wing.