Sunday, April 24, 2011

15+ Warbler Species

This weekend the warbler migration really picked up. The past couple of weeks most species have been in 1s and 2s but this Sunday I had lots of most species. Some of my foy (first of year birds) included Green Heron, a couple shorebird species, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Great Crested Flycatcher, and a few warbler species.

Many warbler species moved in strongly on Saturday night. I had 19 species and there are a few other species around as well. The tanagers are back in small numbers as well and more diversity of flycatchers should start showing up in the next week-especially Least Flycatcher.

There is actually lots of shorebird habitat around Bloomington this spring due to the flooding around Lake Monroe. The best field I found was at the start of Friendship Road but there wasn't much diversity. Most roads around Lake Monroe have at least some flooding so many areas are inaccessible.

Summer Tanager-This bird stayed in this same tree from the start of my hike until the end of the hike.

Hooded Warbler-Very tame bird that sat out in the open and sang his heart out.


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