Friday, May 24, 2013

The Epitome of Spring Neotropical Migration: Warblers at Magee Marsh

[Magee Marsh. OH. Spring 2013]

-- Warbler Species Count: 30 (as photographed)

American birding without the annual arrival and departure of Neotropical migrants would be infinitely poorer. Between mid-April and mid-May a fantastic array of bird species can be observed at close quarters at Magee Marsh on the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio.

Presented here will be frequent updates on observations made at this acclaimed migration hotspot with a special focus on New World Wood Warblers (and a precedence of photographs over words).

Warbler List [as of 4/27]
  1. Pine
  2. Yellow-rumped
  3. Orange-crowned
  4. Hooded
  5. Worm-eating
  6. Blue-winged
  7. Black-throated Green
  8. Ovenbird
  9. Black-and-White
Update as of 5/2: Added:
  1. Blackburnian
  2. Black-throated Blue
  3. Magnolia
  4. Nashville
  5. Bay-Breasted
  6. Kentucky
  7. Cerulean
  8. Yellow
  9. Northern Parula
  10. Chestunut-sided
  11. Palm
Update as of 5/5: Added:

  1. Mourning
  2. Golden-winged
  3. Northern Waterthrush
Update as of 5/11: Added:
  1. Cape May
  2. Common Yellowthroat
  3. Wilson's
  4. American Redstart
Update as of 5/24; Added:
  1. Canada
  2. Blackpoll
  3. Prothonotary

[Photographic Updates]

[5/24 adds]

Canada
Prominent eye-rings, black "necklace" and a strongly contrasting color scheme make this warbler unmistakable.






Blackpoll
A longer distance migrant than the others, this warbler has a very high-pitched, mousy song.





Prothonotary

Always stunning in gold and grey.






And repeat warblers seen:

American Redstart





Black-throated Green







Blackburnian
A beautiful female -- a watered-down version of the male.


Chestnut-sided

Magnolia

Ovenbird

Wilson's




[5/11 adds]
Cape May


Common Yellowthroat

Wilson's


American Redstart




Repeat Warblers seen:

Pine:


Magnolia
Black-throated Blue

Blackburnian


Nashville





Black-and-white

Black-throated Green

Northern Parula
 Chestnut-sided

[5/5 adds]
Northern Waterthrush

Golden-winged Warbler
A warbler whose populations have declined by over 60% over the last 4 decades.
Mourning Warbler



And other warblers revisited included dashing good views of Chestnut-sided, Hooded, Bay-breasted, and more:

Chestnut-sided:
An attractive warbler and quite common:

Bay-breasted:

Black-throated Blue:
Black-throated Green:

Blackburnian:

Cerulean Warbler:
Two male Ceruleans -- classified as "Vulnerable" because populations have plummeted by over 80% over the last few decades, were observed at Magee on different days:




Hooded Warbler:
An irresistible warbler that showed particularly well:




Worm-eating Warbler
A warbler that breeds much further South dazzled onlookers at Magee by overshooting its route and flaunting its plain yet distinctive looks:




[5/2 adds]

Blackburnian:
The throat glows like the sun at dusk:




Black-throated Blue:
A welcome break from all those "yellow" warblers:



Magnolia:
They don't get flashier than this:



Nashville:
A not-so-flashy warbler with a prominent eye-ring:


Black-and-White:


Bay-Breasted:

Uniquely colored in black, tan and brown.

Kentucky:
An "overflight" warbler that is not normally observed here.




Cerulean:
A surreal sight to behold; the Cerulean is the warbler of birding aesthetes:



Yellow:

Like the name says:



Northern Parula:
Small, energetic and a strong songster:


Chestunut-sided:
A nice addition to the list:

Palm Warbler:
A humble warbler with the bobbing tail:


[4/27 Adds]

Black-throated Green Warbler:
A distinctive warbler with olive markings, yellow face and black bib. Populations are stable.


Blue-winged Warbler
A common warbler with grey-blue wings and tail. White wing patches and a a short black eye-line. Its hybridization with the Golden-winged Warbler is having a negative effect on the latter's population.


Ovenbird
Looking like a small olive backed thrush, the Ovenbird favors foraging on the ground.


Black-and-White
A nuthatch in foraging habits, the black-and-white is a common warbler that winters in Florida and Central America.



[Update 4/20]

Hooded Warbler
A striking warbler, the Hooded's black hood, olive upper parts and bright yellow face make it unmistakeable. 


Worm-eating Warbler
Named for its affinity for eating caterpillars, the Worm-eating's buffy face and chest and black facial stripes make it distinctive. Its population trend is positive.


Orange-crowned Warbler
A common warbler of the West, it is not usually seen at Magee Marsh.


Yellow-rumped Warbler

[Update 4/17]

Pine Warbler

Another butter-butt:


3 comments:

  1. Your visits to Magee Marsh were certainly worth your time, Hemant. A very rewarding gallery of diverse subjects and their images.

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  2. Bob & Tom -- I feel like a kid in a candy store at Magee. My goal was to get to 30 species of warblers photographed which is almost within reach!

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