Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fall = Warbler Fest!

Mary and I just returned from a week long visit to Quebec and Ontario and boy were the woods hopping with birds up there! Most of the time was spent around a friend's cabin in Chelsea outside Gatineau, QC. Magnolia Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Nashville Warbler, American Redstart, Northern Parula and Black-and-White Warbler were everywhere. Gatineau Provincial Park next door added Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Cape May Warbler, and Palm Warbler to the list. Towards the end of the week Blackpoll Warblers started increasing in numbers and a fall-out during a heavy rain storm brought a rather late Canada Warbler foraging low in the trees outside the cabin. A two-day visit to our old turfs around the Kingston area in Ontario added Tennessee Warbler and Ovenbird.
 Male Black-and-White Warbler (above) and a first-year male Northern Parula (below):
Female Black-throated Green Warbler:
 First-year Nashville Warbler:
Female Magnolia Warbler:
First-year male Chestnut-sided Warbler:
Male Wilson's Warbler:
Female American Redstart:
Blackpoll Warbler:
First-year Blackburnian Warbler:

Can't wait for them to pass through Maryland on their way south! PS. as always pictures can be enlarged by clicking on the thumbnails:o)

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