Warblers are returning to Crane Lake

Blackburnian Warbler

One of the most beautiful of warblers is the Blackburnian Warlber, and this morning one has returned to my backyard. An amazing little bundle of joy, this Warbler has taken the treacherous trip all the way from South America to breed up here in northern Minnesota. This bird is numerous in the winter in the country of Ecuador – it is truly incredible to me that they take this trip 2 times every year – and they survive to tell about it! In the spring this bird will take a non-stop trip across the Gulf of Mexico, a distance of 500 miles, to end up on the Texas coast. Then they make their way across the US dodging sky scrapers and radio towers to make their nests in the spruce trees of the northern US and Canada. In the fall they again take the trip back to South America.

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