Backyard Warbler Mania!!!

As I was finishing my last post I looked out my window. There is a rock in my side yard with a depression in it. It had rained just a short time earlier and the rock was filled with water. In the water were four warblers!!  I grabbed my bins and camera and ran out the door.  My yard was completely filled with migrating birds!! I have dense plantings of Rhododendron, Laurel, Crab Apple as well as many seeding plants. Around the yard is a barrier of Hemlocks with a few maples among them. Higher are huge pines and oaks. Bottom line is my yard has always been a bird magnet and at least once a year I get a huge drop in of migrating birds. Today was the day. I tried to get photos, but mostly all I got were blurs. It was a lot of fun sifting through all of these birds. I think I got most of them, here is the list:  BAY-BREASTED WARBLER (3), CAPE MAY WARBLER (1), TENNESEE WARBLER (2), Black-throated Green Warbler (6), Magnolia Warbler (5), American Redstart (1), Ovenbird (1), Black and White Warbler (3), Chestnut-sided (1)!  There were also two Dark-eyed Juncos mixed in.  Chickadees, Nuthatches and Titmice as well as a couple of Red-eyed Vireos completed the line up. I hope this happens again over the next couple of days! The forecast is for major migration in our area, so lets keep our fingers crossed!

Addendum: As this was happening, I couldn’t recall ever having Bay-breasted Warbler in my yard before. I just looked it up and I was right, this is a new yard bird for me! The Cape May and Tennessee’s I’ve had a number of times before, but not the Bay-breasteds!

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