Sunday, July 24, 2016

All-Stars of Port Huron: Mourning Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Blue-winged Warbler and Rose-breasted Grosbeak

[Port Huron SGA. June 2016]

Who shall know the true splendor of our forests? Only those that lose themselves in the verdant depths of the woods will discover the true manifestation of nature's bounty in trilling warblers, the musical cascades of tanagers and grosbeaks and the haunting melodies of thrushes


And, this is precisely the promise that a visit to Port Huron State Game Area holds for the intrepid birder Every year, this area harbors a spectacular collection of species to be enjoyed at the peak of their breeding prime; species such as:
  • American Goldfinch
  • American Redstart
  • Blue-winged Warbler
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Hooded Warbler
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Louisiana Waterthrush
  • Mourning Warbler
  • Ovenbird
  • Pine Warbler 
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Veery
We begin with the Goldfinch:
American Goldfinch is a species that can be cruelly overlooked on account of its abundance:


The male Goldfinch is a truly spectacular specimen with its pink bill and strongly contrasting yellow and black plumage.

The main attraction at Port Huron SGA, are the warblers. American Redstart is a summer breeder here: 




Like the Redstart, Blue-winged Warbler is also a breeding species. Its buzzy song is instantly recognizable.












The male Chestnut-sided Warbler can sing two songs -- one for attracting prospective mates and the other for defending its territory against competing rivals.








Common Yellowthroat is usually found in weedy areas:




The "inverse" of the Common Yellowthroat is said to be the Hooded Warbler:








The Hooded shows yellow where the Common Yellowthroat shows black.

The loud "chinks" of an Indigo Bunting betray its presence:







All the above are regularly occurring -- however, the Louisiana Waterthrush is only an uncommon breeder here: 





The Mourning Warbler is seen with great difficulty in migration, but here, it is locally common on its breeding grounds:









The song of the Mourning Warbler is loud -- but it is nothing compared to the bold yelling of "teacher, teacher" of the Ovenbird:








The Pine Warbler, like its name implies, is never seen far from pines:








The sweet notes of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak fill the air before it is sighted:








No songster is as persistent, however, as the Red-eyed Vireo:




Compared the Vireo, the song of the Veery is soft and haunting:




The woods of Eastern North America are alive with brilliant songbirds that are ours to discover. And, Port Huron SGA in Summer is a treasure-trove of delightful species that will enthrall any one who seeks beauty in nature's abundance.

1 comment:

  1. Another stunning collection of photos, Hemant. You are fortunate to have this wildlife in your "backyard."

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