Wednesday, April 29, 2009


We are in the midst of warbler migration. The forests are full of these small, colorful birds moving through the treetops in search of insects to fuel their tiny bodies. Many of these species fly hundreds of miles to move from their wintering grounds in South America, Central America, and the southern US to their breeding grounds in the the northern half of the continent.

Take some time over the next few weeks to view some of the members of this colorful group of birds as they move through our area. Below is a small sample of some of the warblers we've been seeing around Bechtel Lake and Lost Pond. These two locations, as well as the Brookside Trail and Cole Kettle, are fantastic places to view migratory species. What do they all have in common? Water...and insects. All of the photos below were taken as the birds rested between bouts of inhaling numerous insects around Lost Pond.

Not sure how to ID these energetic little birds? Join us in the coming weeks for bird walks at the sanctuary. See the list of programs to the right of this page and visit our website for details.

Palm Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler (male)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (female)

Pine Warbler

Northern Waterthrush

Black-and-White Warbler (male)

-Adam Zorn, Naturalist

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