American Redstart

My only criteria for a warbler to be crowned grand champion of the migration is that they be great in number and ridiculously cooperative. The American Redstart is a previous grand champion and they’re numerous so far this fall, but they are so excited to be at the Celery Bog that they just won’t sit still for photos. I have managed a couple so that’s points for this bird, but with the magnolias stepping up lately, and the palms and yellow rumps yet to arrive, it’s gonna be a photo finish!

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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

The Sycamore Audubon meeting was about to start; thousands of people were lined up to see my presentation, and I was neck deep in warblers! “Okay, one more bird then I gotta go!” And another, and another, tick tock, I really have to go now. No more, that’s it, ooh a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher? That’s a good one to end on, time for the other show!

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Magnolia Warbler

There are two seasons as far as I’m concerned: spring warbler migration and fall warbler migration. Each season I look forward to some up close and personal time with my favorite little Magnolia Warbler pal. I start to worry midway through the migration if he hasn’t come out to play, but he always does. Here’s part one of my Mega Magnolia Warbler Monday 2017!!!

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Bay-breasted Warbler

I stumbled upon this bush full of birds today and a happy little Bay-breasted Warbler popped out to greet me. There were all kinds of warblers in this bush and I wondered if a bay-breasted could even tell itself apart from a Blackpoll Warbler. He laughed and laughed and finally said “Feet, gray feet!” Warblers think everything is funny!

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