Fall Migration in Full Swing

Magnolia Warbler in basic plumage

Magnolia Warbler in basic plumage

 It was a beautiful day on Saturday at Crane Lake. There was a lot of bird activity at the feeders and in the afternoon over at the Vermilion Gorge there was a big movement of migrating Warblers.

Tennessee Warbler in winter plumage

Tennessee Warbler in winter plumage

Many of the Warblers have molted into their basic plumage after the breeding season. Not all Warblers change as dramatically as others and identifying fall Warblers can be a challenge indeed!

It was a fantastic day of Warbler watching and there were some I couldn’t i.d. Here’s a list of what was at the Gorge yesterday:

  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Canada Warbler
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Tennessee Warbler
  • Northern Parula
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Black and White Warbler
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher ***
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Northern Flicker
  • plus all the regulars, Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatches, White-throated Sparrows.

And after I got home, I got a new “yard” bird, an American Redstart!

 

 
 
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