Sunday, May 15, 2011

Blue-winged Warbler

Gene B., Dave B., and I braved yesterday's rain and 46 degree temperatures to attempt a Big Birding Day in Rice Co.  You may recall that last May we tallied 129 birds.  This year we came up with 133 bird species.  Our success was mostly attributed to our finding huge flocks of migrating warblers.  One flock in the Cannon River Wilderness Area swarmed at all levels of the forest, even feeding on the ground.  They reminded me of a cloud of insects.  Like we birders, these birds must have been cold, wet, hungry and tired. We ended the day with 23 kinds of warblers.

The photo of the Blue-winged Warbler above is misleading.  This common warbler was one we missed yesterday!  The image represents, however, the serendipity of being in the right place at the right time (or not), both for birding and for taking photos.  Erika and I took this picture a few days ago in the wilderness park. I have previously posted information about Blue-winged Warblers (on 14 June 2010).

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