Warbler migration always seems to be defined by the appearance of “Maggies” and Redstarts. Magnolia Warblers are generally abundant in migration, and they always seem to cheerfully accept their fate as lens subjects.
The male Magnolia Warbler has that big bright white wing patch. The female Magnolias do not have the wing patch and their black streaks don’t form a “necklace” or thick black streaks.
More male Magnolias…
And some females…with one paler male snuck in below.
Just a couple more…
The American Redstarts are somewhat harder to capture. This is at least a two-year male. The first year males look a lot like the females in that they do not have the bold orange and black coloring.
These birds tend to forage more frenetically than some other species.
I think this is a first-year male. It’s sometime hard to tell, but the yellow on the breast is a bit orangey-er than the yellow on the females.
These birds may appear dull but they make up for it with their active foraging. Two days later when the leaves filled out on the trees, it was much harder to see them.
This bird lost its tail!
A few more of what I think is a first-year male American Redstart, sometimes affectionately referred to as a “yellowstart.”
There are still a few Yellow-rumped Warbers around and they have the same colors as the Magnolias, just arranged differently.
Wilson’s Warblers are among my favorites. But as of this outing they managed to hide their trademark black caps almost entirely.
If you click on the photos in the gallery below you might be able to see only a hint of a black cap in one or two of them.
So there are a few more warblers I have yet to cover – not as many photos of each species (whew!) – and some other birds seen as well, and then plenty more migration madness to continue. I am convinced the male Northern Cardinals are enjoying being basically ignored by us warbler-hungry photographers.
I am very tired from going out to hear a friend perform last night and then getting up early to do the spring migration walk in Columbus Park, so I may not have much to say for a little while. But I will be back with the review of Tuesday’s birds, and there are so many more I have seen since then.