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May 7, 2017 – Return of the Warblers

A couple weeks ago, Ingrid and I traveled to High Island on the Gulf Coast of Texas to watch the annual bird migration.  The warblers moving through the Bolivar Peninsular in the spring is legendary.  Unfortunately, one can’t predict the exact date birds actually migrate and our trip was a couple weeks early.  Not that we were disappointed in Texas, as we saw 115 species and dozens of lifers.

Since returning to Maine, we’ve seen a few returning warblers but never with a camera and from a distance.

Today that all changed!!!!

We traveled to Capisic Pond in Portland and the warblers and vireos were everywhere.  It’s still early, so the variety wasn’t great but it was wonderful to see these colorful little characters all around us: American Redstart, Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler, Blue-headed Vireo, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Ruby Crowned Kinglet

American Redstart

Northern Parula

Yellow Warbler

Blue-headed Vireo

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Butter Butt)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Other birds . . . and turtles

When we arrived home we saw a couple Purple Finches on our feeders . . . we’re hoping they nest nearby.