The Worm-eating Warbler is a drab often over-looked warbler of steep hillsides and ravines near my home in central Pennsylvania. Except for its boldly striped head and eye, and its dry-sounding insect-like trill, the Worm-eating Warbler is very difficult to spot. One day in May, I was extremely lucky to have close views of this […]
Where do all the warblers go in winter? On a recent trip to Costa Rica, my husband and I were excited to see many of our eastern North American warblers thriving in their “other” home down south! Indeed, they spend more months in Central America than in our neck of the woods where they come to […]
The Yellow Warbler is found across the entire United States singing the “Sweet, sweet, sweet; I’m so sweet!” song from the tops of shrubs and small trees. The male is a buttery-yellow color with rufous streaking on the breast. The female and immatures are a duller yellow without streaking. They are easily seen from the […]
During the Acadia Birding Festival, I took a morning off to meander by myself along the shore and the road near our hotel. Some movement caught my eye low in the brushy area beside the road. A female American Redstart was busy stripping the long fibers of a dead branch in the thicket. […]
Early to mid-May is a warbler frenzy, both for the warblers migrating through the area and for the photographer who wants to catch these little jewels on camera. So what do you do when you are at Presque Isle for less than 24 hours, the light is horrible, the leaves are out, and it’s threatening […]
The Common Yellowthroat is one of the first birds that I noticed before birding became a passion. I’ll never forget disembarking from a canoe on the Beaver Creek in Ohio, walking around a shrub and coming face to face with this tiny masked bandit! I still call it the bandit bird! For such a […]
Nashville Warbler is a handsome warbler with a prominent eye ring, gray head, yellow throat and belly, and an olive-green back and wings. In our part of Pennsylvania, the Nashville Warbler is only seen passing through in migration, and can be found by its two-part song, bitsee, bitsee, bitsee, bitsee, tititititi.
Recently a friend who owns a lodge near R.B. Winter State Park in Central PA, invited me to lead a bird walk and do a photo presentation at her beautiful place in Sugar Valley. Nineteen people showed up for the walk, and a few more for the brunch and presentation. Spring has been slow to […]
Here are a few more pictures from our trip to Cape May in late September. Again, I included some interesting poses that show feather patterns not normally seen. The previous blog is here: Gorgeous Fall Warblers from Cape May trip–Part I. Enjoy!
It’s putting it mildly to say that identifying fall warblers is difficult, since many of them look very different from their breeding plumage. Add to that the fact that warblers don’t hold still for more than a nanosecond, especially for a photo-op. Then while you’re watching for movement, the leaves are also falling off […]