Warbler Wednesday

As I mentioned in my previous post, the spring migration of birds hits Ohio in the first few weeks of May which causes not only an influx of birds but also birders who attend the Biggest Week in American Birding at Magee Marsh in Oak Harbor, Ohio and other spots situated on the shore of Lake Erie.

We went the day after the festival began, the day it ended and then one week later. This is the only time of the year we’re going to see such beautiful little birds in their spring/breeding colors so when the weather cooperates, and we have the time – we go!

Big birds like eagles, cranes, hawks, gulls, etc. are far easier (but still not a breeze) to photograph than little warblers. I’d say after hummingbirds, they are the speediest birds. Plus, they just love to flit about in the trees and bushes making them harder to get a clear shot of.

But sometimes the birds seemed either used to us hoomans or they were messing with us as they would land out in the open getting everyone excited only to zip back into the leaves. There were a few times when the birds just swooped right over head like speedy colorful darts to land almost in front of us.

Each time we went, there were new warblers that had migrated in to replace the ones that took advantage of the winds being in the right direction that took them across the lake to breed in Canada. Mentioning Canada – here’s a Canada Warbler!

Canada Warblerr

It takes practice, a phone app, a book or someone birding next to you to identify the birds as some of them are so similar in appearance. Take the Canada Warbler above and compare it to this Magnolia Warbler below.

You’ve got some similar coloring but with certain differences. Can you see the big difference between the two?

Magnolia Warbler

Here are two more warblers that have similar colors but you have to pay attention to where the colors are and how much of a certain color is present. This one is a Chestnut Sided Warbler…

Chestnut sided warbler

And this one is a Bay Breasted Warbler. Can you spot the differences between them?

bay breasted warbler

Besides colors and their patterns determining what species a warbler is, there’s the issue of is it a male, juvenile male or female to throw you for a loop. But it’s all fun and educational and just wonderful to see so many beautiful little birds.

This image is one of my favorites from this year; a male Northern Parula who was just a ham posing for everyone. We appreciated it greatly!

northern parula

These are just a few of the many many warblers that have migrated to and through Ohio this month. I hope you’ve enjoyed them and I will return to our trip through Arizona next.

Teri 📷


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9 Responses to Warbler Wednesday

  1. Timothy Price says:

    Cute little guys.

  2. shoreacres says:

    Warblers are the very dickens to photograph, especially with my 4 fps camera. They are flitty, for sure. I have managed to photograph Myrtle Warblers, but that’s it. I do think my location makes a difference, too. People in central Texas are right in the flyway, and people who provide food and water have many species stopping by. That Northern Parula is gorgeous! That single photo would have made my day.

    • They are small and quick and like to hide in the bushes in trees so when one does come out…snappity snap snap! LOL I am going to have the Parula printed and hang it in my office. Thanks 🙂

  3. Nancy says:

    Cute little ones!

  4. equinoxio21 says:

    I’m gonna have to look up what a warbler is in French… hehe.
    Todo bien amiga?

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