They're here! The yellow-rumped warblers are back from Canada, on their way to the lower Ohio Valley, the southern U.S., and Central America for the winter.
Yesterday Karyn Delaney and her husband stopped counting at 100 when they found so many yellow-rumps on the Pine Tree Trail at Presque Isle State Park. Shawn Collins snapped this one in Crawford County.
Like the first snowfall I'm excited to see my first big flock of yellow-rumped warblers in southwestern Pennsylvania. I haven't found a flock yet but I think I've heard one bird -- just one -- at Schenley Park.
Unfortunately, just like snow I soon tire of them. I remember at Magee Marsh last May when my first reaction to seeing yellow-rumped warblers was "Wow!" and within an hour it was "Darn! Another yellow-rump." Their abundance becomes boring.
But I haven't seen them yet, so for the moment this bird is exciting.
(photo by Shawn Collins)