Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler2Purdue University’s Horticulture Park has been a great place to shoot warblers. Half of the park is heavily wooded with trails winding throughout, I haven’t even seen a warbler in there. The other half is more wide open and manicured with trees and flower beds scattered about. There is one secluded little spot, let’s call it Location X because that sounds all ominous and secretive, where the conditions for warbler watching are perfect. There are a few pine, locust and walnut trees, a few large fruit-bearing shrubs, and a water source in the form of a tiny little stream in a roadside ditch. I’ve seen more warbler species within 30 feet of this spot than in all of my other top-secret locations combined. I was watching this female Magnolia Warbler flitting about high in the treetops when she suddenly dropped right out of the sky chasing an insect and landed directly in front of me! I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about Location X in the very near future.