Well, the Spring Warbler Migration has been in some kind of full swing, in fits and starts, depending on the weather and, for me, my work schedule…
I have more photos of more birds to process but I wanted to share some images taken on various days in different places in and around the Chicago Loop. I think someone should come up with a set of colors named after these birds, like “Wilson’s Warbler Yellow” and “Canada Warbler Blue.”
The male American Redstarts below show a second-or-more year male (the bright orange, black and white guy) and a first year male who has only a hint of that orange going on his flank but was happy to confirm his Redstartness by flashing his tail.
I had to dig hard to get the pictures of the Canada Warbler below. He was buried well into this flowering tree in Lake Shore East Park but we managed to communicate through a tiny window. Click on the pictures to see them better.
Below, Black-and-White Warblers, male and female, both seen in Millennium Park on different days. The female is in the lower right photograph.
I adore Wilson’s Warblers with their little black caps. This guy was flitting about in the trees looking for insects at Lake Shore East Park on Monday afternoon.
I have seen several Ovenbirds but they have not been volunteering for pictures. I barely caught the one below off guard.
After all the Yellow-Rumped Warblers appear to have moved on, below is a female. You can make a comparison to the male below her.
Common as they are, Common Yellowthroats are still pretty.
I had too many pictures of this Magnolia Warbler to choose from, so here’s another.
I’ll be back with more Warblers and other birds of 2016 Spring Migration.
I am really envious of your spring migration. It must be fun looking for new birds passing through.
Oh, it’s fun, but exhausting and frustrating too. There’s always one more you hope to see…!
What a bunch of beauties! I don’t get any of those here. Lucky you Lisa. 🙂
Sorry you miss out on this fleeting yearly treat, H.J. But you have beauties all year ’round… 🙂
Our warbler ‘sessions’ have already ended. A year is too long to wait to see it all again. Great pics for a great birding day, Lisa. Such a cooperative Canada W!
I’m envious of your Kentucky and Worm-Eating Warblers, and I suspect you get others we rarely if ever see. I agree, a year is too long to wait, especially because I tend to forget the calls and feel like I’m starting all over again! Thanks, Shannon. 🙂
Thanks Lisa. These are wonderful!
Thank you, MaryLee! It’s fun to follow the birds with the lens and see what happened later. 🙂
Wonderful birds, wonderful pictures. Now if only the warblers would perch where we could see them and stand still!
Thanks, Jason! It’s almost as much of a challenge to weed through the photos as it is to get them. But I learn more about the birds from the incomplete photos.