Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Blackburnian Warbler

The end of August brings the first autumn migrants. The fall is my favorite season. The migrants, although definitely difficult to identify, are more plentiful than in the spring. Their numbers are augmented by the new hatch of young. Yesterday we banded a very drab, immature Blackburnian Warbler—quite a difference from a spring bird! Note the dark cheeks that are surrounded by yellow and the prominent white wing bars. Other warblers caught in the last two days include American Redstart, Wilson’s Warbler, and Northern Waterthrush.

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