Sunday, May 06, 2018

The Warbler Parade!

"A procession is a participants' journey, while a parade is a performance with an audience."

― Rebecca Solnit


Palm Warbler

The Warbler Parade continues!

Here are the warbler species I've encountered at the Pheasant Branch creek corridor so far this spring:

Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Golden-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Wilson's Warbler

A few birders have had Black-throated Blue Warbler, but I have yet to find one this May. It's still early, so perhaps there's still time to see one. Thus far I'm not impressed with the overall number of warblers. Only Palm Warbler is being observed in abundance. Curiously, there aren't as many Yellow-rumped Warblers as I used to see along the creek corridor. Perhaps they overflew southern Wisconsin this spring.


Magnolia Warbler

While migration seemed to be stalled, all of a sudden we started getting warblers that I normally don't expect to see so early in May. The Blackpoll Warbler was my earliest, and the Wilson's and American Redstart seemed a tad early as well. Three nights of strong southerly winds opened the floodgates!


Prothonotary Warbler

And it's been a good spring to see Gray-cheeked and Swainson's Thrushes ...


Gray-cheeked Thrush


Gray-cheeked Thrush


Swainson's Thrush


Feather check!





The forest floor is beginning to fill-in with a variety of wildflowers ...


Mayapple Podophyllum peltatum


Prairie Trillium Trillium recurvatum


Dutchman's Breeches Dicentra cucullaria


White Trillium Trillium grandiflorum


Common Blue Violet Viola sororia

Lest we forget, the boreal sparrows are moving through southern Wisconsin as well ...


White-throated Sparrow


White-crowned Sparrow


Lincoln's Sparrow

And my first tiger beetle of the year ...


Six-spotted Tiger Beetle Cicindela sexguttata

Pheasant Branch, Dane, Wisconsin, US
May 5, 2018 5:57 AM - 10:22 AM
71 species

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Solitary Sandpiper
Bonaparte's Gull
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Baltimore Oriole
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

© 2018 Mike McDowell

2 comments:

  1. This kind of post is the whole reason I love your blog! I am a beginner at Birding and nature photography in NW Indiana and I learn so much on your site. Thank you for the bird ID, the flowers with latin & common names and wonderful camera shots - it's like a classroom course, only more fun. Your photography is stunning - thanks for all the early morning hours you put in to create joy and wonder in the rest of us.

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  2. Thank you for the kind comments, and you're very welcome!

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