|The Black & White Warbler migrates through the area|
|A Swainson's Thrush spends the day in our forest|
|Lately, the most common migrant warbler has been the Magnolia Warbler|
|One of our most beautiful migrant sparrows - The Lincoln's Sparrow|
And no, the Lincoln’s Sparrow was not named after the Great Emancipator. Actually John James Audubon originally dubbed the new bird “Bob’s Finch” after one of his young assistants –Bob Lincoln. Subsequently, the bird was given the more formal sounding title.
|A Blue-headed Vireo perches on an open branch|
A Blue-headed Vireo showed up for the first time this season. This bird didn't necessarily travel that far yet, since the species breeds in forested State land just to the north of us. Like the warblers, the vireos are small birds that feed on insects, but they have heavier bills that allow them to tackle larger prey. They are also generally slower moving in the tree tops. In other words, they’re not quite as hyperactive as the warblers are, so even a novice birder might stand a chance to get a good look at one before it flits off into another tree.
|The Black-throated Green Warbler -- whose name is nearly a complete description|
This year most common migrant warbler species for us has been the Magnolia Warbler with the American Redstart probably the second most common. I suspect that will change as the Myrtle Warblers (also called the Yellow-rumped Warbler) start to move through. While at most we might see only 5 or 6 Magnolia Warblers at a time, the Myrtles may be seen by the dozens.
|Yet another warbler - the American Redstart . This is a juvenile male|
The Myrtle Warbler is one of the only warbler species that I've ever known to try to spend the winter in Central New York. Winter foods for them include Poison Ivy berries. In years when there is an especially good crop of these berries, we can usually count on seeing a few overwintering Myrtle Warblers.
|Each year several Philadelphia Vireos pass through during fall migration|