The Warblers!! Spring 2017

If you follow me on Facebook and see my posts (especially in the spring time) you’ll probably notice that one of my favorite birds are the warblers! They in my opinion are some of the most beautiful and stunning birds on the planet and many make an incredible journey each year where they spend the winter in South America and migrate up to North America for the breeding season. The first Warblers for the year arrive in my home state of Pennsylvania in early April and the rest continue to migrate north through the middle of May. Some will stay in PA for the breeding season, while some continue their journey north to the boreal forests of Canada. So pretty much between April through June, I go into warbler mode, and focus my attention on finding and photographing these amazing little birds. Ask any bird photographer and everyone will agree they are extremely challenging birds to snap pix of. Most are around 5 inches in length and most are very hyper active little birds and don’t sit still for more than a second or two. Many also love the high canopy of deep forest so just getting a close glimpse of one is rewarding. A lot goes into getting photos of warblers – patience, skill and lots of luck!! Here are some species I managed to get this spring season.

Yellow-throated Warbler

Louisiana Waterthrush

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Northern Parula

Hooded Warbler

Cerulean Warbler

American Redstart

Black-throated Green Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Prairie Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Blue-winged Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Canada Warbler


All of these photos were taken in Western Pennsylvania.

A great 2016 Warbler Season!

For about the last 2 months I’ve been focusing a lot of my attention with finding some of my favorite of all birds….the warblers! Warblers are tiny migrants, about 5 inches in length on average and many spend the winter in Central and South America. Starting in April they start arriving in my state of PA. The migration goes on through the end of May and by June the ones you find here are more than likely on their breeding grounds. I made up this collage image which shows 20 species I was able to photograph this spring season.