Jan 29 2012

Winter Warbler?

Published by at 7:16 am under Songbirds

It’s been an unusually warm winter with lots of rain and temperatures reaching the 60’s last week.

Because of the weather, the lakes are ice free so the northern birds we’d expect to see aren’t here.

On the other hand, there’s a hotspot of unusual birds in south central Pennsylvania.  The most amazing is this Townsend’s warbler in Cumberland County.

Townsend’s warblers breed in the Pacific Northwest and winter in Mexico.  This one must have had a compass error, so it flew the correct distance to reach Mexico but it went the wrong direction.

It ended up in Carlisle, PA where Meredith Lombard took its picture.

(photo by Meredith Lombard)

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4 Responses to “Winter Warbler?”

  1. Steve-oon 29 Jan 2012 at 10:38 am

    hah, this was my test bird from the Melin project.

  2. Gintarason 29 Jan 2012 at 4:07 pm

    About brants, mentioned in a compass error, I’ve taken photos of them at the end of december, 12/22 – to be exact, near JFK(near Widlife Refugee @ Jamaica Bay), there were maybe hundreds of them, I’ve never seen them before:


  3. Gintarason 29 Jan 2012 at 5:50 pm

    And, who haven’t seen yet, I would highly recommend documentary: Winged Migration:


    Don’t know, was it on PBS, but prolly best film about birds I’ve ever seen, no special effects on that one while filming, what’s hard to believe. Filming Winged Migration were used lightweight flying cameras. It’s incredible film by it’s beauty of views….

    Full documentary on the site, but to fully enjoy film, I would recommend to purchase DVD or to find HD video.

  4. Kate St. Johnon 29 Jan 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Winged Migration is a good film. I saw it in a theater on the big screen when it first came out. Amazing photography!

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