Saturday, May 11, 2013

Warblers on the Way

Spring migration has been slow in Vermont, but the warblers are on the way.

I spent yesterday in Cape May for the first full day of birding/photography which I have had in many months. Yesterday was the day when the migrants arrived in Cape May, and it was a great day for the many birders flocking to Cape May for the World Series of Birding and the Cape May Spring Bird Festival.

Warblers - those coveted little bundles of color and energy - were everywhere, and my camera was busy. The breath-taking male Magnolia Warbler continued to play hard to get, and others like the Chestnut-sided, Blackburnian, Blackpoll, and Prairie were also elusive. But many others were at least semi-cooperative. Choosing photos has been tough ... here are a few:

Northern Waterthrush (along Wissahickon Creek, Philadelphia)
American Redstart - first year male

Common Yellowthroat - male
Yellow-breasted Chat - male
Yellow Warbler - female
Yellow-rumped Warbler - female
Northern Parula - female
Black-and-White Warbler - male
Black-throated Green Warbler - female
Black-throated Blue Warbler - male
Good Birding!

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