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Confusing Fall Warbler Season has Begun

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Confusing Fall Warbler Season has Begun

Tiny birds that are so colourful and easy to identify in the spring period of migration change their plumage for the journey back south and in autumn justly earn their common generic of becoming “Confusing Fall Warblers”. We have been having weeks of hot, steamy days and no rain – farmers around here are suggesting a 50% reduction in crops due to drought … but today we have rain. Lots and lots of lovely rain – and with it some early n=bird movement including American Redstarts and this little guy … he/she is a Blackburnian Warbler, a bird that in spring is bright orange and could be identified by a blind birder it’s so obvious. I will include a thumbnail of the spring colours for contrast.

Nice to have seen, anyway.

Blackburnian Warbler in fall colours

Blackburnian Warbler in fall colours – note two wing bars, general colouration, faint wedge-shaped cheek patch

Blackburnian Warbler in fall colours

Blackburnian Warbler in fall colours – pale under tail

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Blackburnian Warbler in spring colours for comparison

By | 2016-08-13T14:02:13+00:00 August 13th, 2016|birding, birds, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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