Category Archives: Warblers

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

For the last two days there have been scores of new bird songs in the neighborhood. I assumed most of the migrating birds skipped our area on their journey north, but many were just very late this year. It’s very … Continue reading

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Muted Migration

This has been the strangest spring migration season I can remember. The birds were backed up to the south of us for weeks because of wave after wave of storms from the north. Eventually some birds decided to punch through … Continue reading

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The Warblers are Back!

The freaky weather we’ve had over the last several weeks hasn’t just confounded the humans, it’s also caused the migrating birds to get backed up in the center of the country. We’ve had so many storms with northerly winds lately … Continue reading

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The Determined Blackpoll Warbler

They share the white cheeks, black cap and speedy movements of a Black-capped Chickadee, but unlike the year-round resident chickadee, the Blackpoll Warbler visits southern Wisconsin for only a short time each year. I’ve spotted a few in my neighborhood … Continue reading

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My Avian Oasis

I’ve figured out the perfect place for a birdbath. I wish I’d thought of it earlier this spring before we had the best spring bird migration I’ve ever experienced in my lifetime. We have a couple of very tall arborvitaes … Continue reading

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Roosting Redstarts?

Like other wood warblers, the American Redstart makes a long trek from Central and South America to Canada each spring. Some redstarts stop in our neighborhood for a few days during their migration to eat, drink and rest. For the … Continue reading

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Adding to the List

I added a new bird to my life list this week. Over the weekend I spotted one of these busy little birds at a rural park in a marshy area. The next day I was shocked when one of them … Continue reading

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Suet Struggle

The first of the migrating birds have arrived. Warblers will rarely come to a bird feeder, but you can sometimes entice Yellow-rumped Warblers with suet. The other day I noticed one balancing on his tippy-toes on the feeder baffle. He … Continue reading

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They’ve Arrived

The spring migrating birds have arrived. The other morning I woke up before sunrise and even with the windows closed and the shades drawn I knew that a flock of White-throated Sparrows had descended upon my yard. I could hear … Continue reading

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Warbler Watch

Last weekend I went on a hike in a state park that’s located about 45 miles north of here. It was a lovely spring day, and we were in for an unexpected treat because the park was absolutely overrun with … Continue reading

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