6-22-23 Another report for Spring Migration

June 22, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

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Birdcast 5-10-23

Look at that spike! It was remarkable, the birds were just held back and then burst upon the scene all at once. It was definitely a strange spring in that regard. Some males dropped by to feed and kept on moving north. Others...well, there is a story here to tell.

 

There are some warblers that are renowned for their tendency to hide in cover, to skulk about, foraging for insects and to be just plain difficult to see. They are also just plain difficult for me to photograph.

 

4-27-23 FOY Kentucky Warbler4-27-23 FOY Kentucky Warbler

The common Kentucky Warbler is one of these and it kindly obliged me this year by hopping through the violets and coming out in the open for a brief view.

 

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Another noted skulker is the Common Yellowthroat. It also found safety in the cover of gooseberry and dewberry brambles, poppies, bluebells and violets. This male was here for several days and got comfortable enough to get into the bubbler to bathe.

 

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It's so fulfilling to be able to show you the eyes of these bright and beautiful birds. It's also rewarding to know that they're finding enough insect food to boost their energy reserves so they can be on their way. Yards with habitat like ours are crucial to the survival and recovery of the populations of these birds.

 

If you follow this blog, you may remember that there is one species that I've often called my nemesis, the uncommon Mourning Warbler. Every year around Mother's Day, I anticipate its arrival. Some years, no bird arrives. One year, in 2006, it actually got into the bubbler to bathe. Last year, it popped out briefly, surveying the bubbler area.

 

5-16-22 FOY Mourning Warbler5-16-22 FOY Mourning Warbler
 

Well, on Wednesday, 5-10-23 there was a lot of activity with birds around the bubbler. I was enjoying the time until the inevitable man-made machinery made it unbearable for me. I moved inside, though the birds continued coming to the bubbler, their safe place. Keeping an eye on things with the camera nearby, to my surprise, a Mourning Warbler came out of cover, bold as brass!

 

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Well, knock me over with a feather!! It got out, it got back in, it got in with other birds like the Nashville Warbler and White-throated Sparrow.
 

5-10-23 Nashville and Mourning Warblers5-10-23 Nashville and Mourning Warblers

What a striking specimen!! It was gorgeous!! I mean, I've only waited 17 years for this!!

 

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It certainly gave the American Redstart a look, but kept on bathing. The longer it stayed, the longer it imprinted our location and the bubbler into its genes. How cool is that!! 

 

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There are so many more birds to talk about, but for today, enjoy the Mourning Warbler. I sure did!!!

 

 

 

 

 


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