May 04 2012
When I saw a hooded warbler in Schenley Park Tuesday morning I knew it was time…
The warblers are here!
Tuesday’s birds were just the leading edge of a huge, singing wave of tiny, colorful birds heading north to breed.
Many warbler species are just passing through. We see them for a week or two and then they’re gone. In the fall they pass through again heading south, but then they’re silent and dull looking.
So there’s no time to waste. I’m dropping everything and heading for Magee Marsh in northwestern Ohio where I know the warblers are easy to see and very plentiful. I’ll be there for part of The Biggest Week in American Birding and so will thousands of others. It’s a crowd scene of birds and birders.
If you’re thinking of birding Magee Marsh there’s still time. The warblers will be going strong through mid-May.
This weekend I plan on seeing a prothonotary warbler. That’s where Bob Greene photographed this one.
(photo by Bobby Greene)