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Fall Migrating Warblers

Prairie Warbler sings its beautiful arching trill of a song.
Prairie Warbler sings its beautiful arching trill of a song.

Keep looking, you may be lucky enough to see a Prairie Warbler.

Warblers seem to play Hide-and-Seek

Warblers are elusive little birds that are often unnoticed by the average birdwatcher. And they can be difficult to identify because they move so fast, flitting among the underbrush in dense woods.

Look for warblers along lakes or parks

Look for beautiful, bright yellow Prothonotary Warblers.

Look for bright yellow Prothonotary Warblers.

But autumn is a good time to seek out these colorful little birds with lovely songs as they begin their fall migration. Look for warblers along a river’s edge, along coastlines, and in parks and around lakes or other waterways.

Or sit quietly in the woods, especially if it’s near a water source and you might be lucky enough to spot one of these birds.

You can also serve fruit to help ease the stress of migration and suet, especially apple-flavored suet, with the hope any passing warblers will stop by for a snack. They most likely will.

Also check online for recent sightings of warblers in your area. This way you can go right to the source where someone has already had a sighting. Don’t wait too long though–migrating birds are on the move and seldom stay in one place longer than necessary to rest and refuel.

Here's a pretty little Black-throated Blue Warbler.

Look around, you might see this Black-throated Blue Warbler in your area.

Enjoy these articles on migrating warblers!

The Digiscoper

“Some adult birds still retain their breeding plumage well into August. This month I’ve seen Black-throated Green, Wilson’s, Canada, American Redstarts, and other warblers that looked every bit as gorgeous as they do during spring.” Click on the title and read the article to learn more.

Stokes Birds at Home

“With a few exceptions, the warblers that summer in the United States and Canada migrate south to Central and South America. They must do so because they are so dependent on insects, which are not available during northern winters.” Click on the title and read the article to learn more.

Happy Birding!

 

NOTE: This article was originally published in September 2010 and has since been revised for accuracy and completion.

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