How I usually see a Cape May Warbler!
Here in southern Wisconsin, we've been pretty spoiled by low and eye-level views of warblers for the past few weeks. Now that we've had rain showers and warmer temperatures, the forest canopy is finally beginning to fill in. Insects are attracted to sticky or flowering buds and the birds follow, making them more difficult to see. Fortunately, at the same time, more birds are singing, so they're relatively easy to identify if you know their songs.
The "bee-buzz" bird: Blue-winged Warbler.
Mixed songbird flocks tend to move together along the creek corridor in a particular direction. Depending on the wind speed/direction or quantity of insects, they'll either rapidly move on or linger for a while. As my friend Dottie says, “It's a warbler parade!” as various species move through our viewing area. Speaking of warblers, you might be interested in this entertaining and informative article on the forthcoming taxonomic rearrangement of North American wood warblers.
Location: Pheasant Branch
Observation date: 5/12/11
Number of species: 72
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Great Crested Flycatcher
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
All images © 2011 Mike McDowell