We should be having fun in Churchill and seeing lots of birds right now!
Warblers were always abundant in Spring, I saw 19 species of warblers this spring. Our yard is a great habitat for migrating warblers, some of the highlight warblers I saw this spring were, a couple of Canada Warblers, Magnolian Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Northern Parula, Cape May Warbler and a Wilson's Warbler.
I didn't get pictures of every single warbler I saw, but pretty close!
Warblers are one of the joys of spring, their beautiful songs and bright colours (usually)
Me and my brother were excited when we saw a Northern Waterthrush while we were out birding, a lifer! I've always wanted to see one.
Tennessee Warblers were pretty common, some even coming to our fruit we put out.
|Tennessee Warbler beneath feeder.|
Blackpoll Warblers also were commonly seen on any walk you took through the bush, they also came to our oranges, another plus for putting fruit out!
I got a picture of a female Blackpoll eating berries in a bush.
|female Blackpoll Warbler|
I love Ovenbirds and there funky walking style, I got this picture as one came right to our window.
One of my favourite warblers I saw this spring was a Cape May Warbler, they have such fantastic colours, my brother was able to get this picture, and that's the only one we have of a Cape May.
|Cape May Warbler|
Yellowrumps may have been the most common, but I don't get bored of them, they are really pretty birds.
|female Yellow-rumped Warbler|
|male Yellow-rumped Warbler|
Another striking warbler is a Black and White Warbler. Such contrast between the black and white.
|Black and White Warbler|
And another picture of a yellowrump.
I didn't see a redstart until pretty late into spring.
|female American Redstart|
Yellow Warblers were fairly common, popping in and out of bushes,
|Yellow Warbler (with another bird in the background, I'm not quite sure what it is)|
Orange-crowned Warblers were not too common, but were easily found in our yard still,
|female Black and White Warbler|
Another treat was a Black-throated Green Warbler
|Black-throated Green warbler|
Palm Warblers were very common, hopping along the ground, they were excellent photo subjects.
|A closeup of a Palm Warbler|
Possibly my favorite warbler of the spring, a northern Parula, I was able to snap one picture before it flew, luckily it was a good picture!
Magnolian Warblers were also one of my favorites, they are such handsome birds, with their striking contrast between the yellow and black. The first one I saw I thought was a Canada Warbler, it was darting in and out of bushes, I hardly got a picture. From the picture I figured it was a Magnolian Warbler from the size of the stripes. Soon I saw more Magnolians and I got some really good pictures.
I didn't see too many vireos, but I got three species, Red-eyed, Warbling, and Blue-headed Vireo.
One time a Red-eyed Vireo hit the window, I almost accidentally stepped on it. Luckily it was fine and flew away, but before that I was able to get some really close up shots!
Another vireo that I got a picture of was a Blue-headed Vireo. When I first saw it, I thought it was a nashville warbler, but I was a bit uneasy about it, the throat looked too white. I tried to see if it was anything else, but I couldn't find anything that looked as much like it as a Nashville Warbler. My brother convinced me it was a Nashville, so that's what I thought it was for awhile, until I woke up one day and looked at my bird calender, it read 'Blue-headed Vireo', and it looked exactly like the bird in the picture, Blue-headed Vireo was a lifer too!
Stay tuned for the next post!!
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