Friday, May 14, 2010

Mid-May Migration

Black-throated Blue Warbler

We've arrived at the time in May when contemplative nature blogging is replaced with watching chaos in the canopy – the peak of spring migration is upon us! This morning at Pheasant Branch Conservancy we had fabulous views of a cooperative male Black-throated Blue Warbler, my first-ever creek corridor Bell's Vireo and Pileated Woodpecker (where did he come from?), and a Summer Tanager! There were over 20 warbler species, including Prothonotary Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, and Golden-winged Warbler. Too bad I wasn't carrying my digiscoping rig along - I might have been able to capture a pretty decent photograph of the Black-throated Blue. In it's place, though, the above image was digiscoped by Kevin Bolton a few weeks ago at Garrett Mountain in New Jersey. Check out some of Kevin's spring digiscoping at his blog!

Location: Pheasant Branch
Observation date: 5/14/10
Number of species: 71

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Green Heron
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Bell's Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Blue-winged Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch

Black-throated Blue Warbler © 2010 Kevin Bolton


  1. That's an impressive list! And the photo of the Black-throated Blue Warbler is exquisite!

  2. Nice outing Mike. I had a similiar one down here two days ago just before all of the rain hit us. Still have not seen a Black-throated Blue though :(