Warbler migration in full swing

by John Briggs on May 13, 2007

in Blog, Weekend Birding

Evergreen Cemetery in [tag]Portland[/tag], [tag]Maine[/tag] was a flurry of activity this morning with many species of [tag]Warblers[/tag] and plenty of [tag]birders[/tag] to see them.

A cloudy start led to crystal blue skies and moderate temperatures. Warbler activity began in earnest around 7:30 a.m. as a large snapping turtle surfaced in the large pond for a breath of air. A lone Double-Crested Cormorant sunbathed on a small rocky islet. The musical chorus of hundreds of [tag]birds[/tag] echoed throughout the woods. Fellow birders looked through their binoculars at fleeting glimpses of their quarry, then referenced their [tag]bird[/tag] guides for a clue as to what they saw.

I stationed myself at the upper end of the pond and was rewarded with an American Redstart. I heard other birders mention a Magnolia Warbler and knew I had to see this bird as it is a life list species for me. No longer had I begun to seek the Magnolia, I heard talk of a Canada Warbler! Another life lister. “There he is!” I heard someone exclaim. Here, there, everywhere…. what a job trying to keep up and photographing these fidgety birds. Many thanks go out to fellow birders who helped locate these gems.

It was a great morning with the following species tallied at Evergreen Cemetery and Capisic Park:

  • Magnolia Warbler*
  • Canada Warbler*
  • Black-Throated Green Warbler
  • Black-Throated Blue Warbler
  • Hooded Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Yellow-Rumped Warbler
  • Palm Warbler
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
  • Golden Crowned Kinglet
  • American Redstart
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Blue headed Vireo
  • Orchard Oriole
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Fox Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • White Crowned Sparrow
  • White Throated Sparrow
  • Red-Winged Blackbird
  • Spotted Sandpiper*
  • Double-Crested Cormorant
  • Mallard
  • Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
  • Blue Jay
  • Northern Cardinal

* indicates life list species

Although not all the species mentioned were photographed, I am not about to give up. Next weekend, if the weather is cooperative, I will try once again to capture images of the species who just would not cooperate today. It will not be long until the spring migration of Warblers will be past and I will have to wait until fall for another chance.

The following are photos of birds taken today at Evergreen Cemetery and Capisic Park. Comments and criticisms are always welcomed and appreciated!

American Redstart - Evergreen Cemetery - Portland, Maine. American Redstart - Evergreen Cemetery - Portland, Maine. Baltimore Oriole - Capisic Park - Portland, Maine.
Baltimore Oriole - Capisic Park - Portland, Maine. Black-Throated Green Warbler - Evergreen Cemetery - Portland, Maine. Black-Throated Green Warbler - Evergreen Cemetery - Portland, Maine.
Magnolia Warbler - Evergreen Cemetery - Portland, Maine. Magnolia Warbler - Evergreen Cemetery - Portland, Maine. Ruby-Throated Hummingbird - Evergreen Cemetery - Portland, Maine.
Spotted Sandpiper - Evergreen Cemetery - Portland, Maine. Spotted Sandpiper - Evergreen Cemetery - Portland, Maine. Yellow Warbler - Capisic Park - Portland, Maine.
Yellow Warbler - Capisic Park - Portland, Maine.

Happy [tag]birding[/tag]!

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