Written by Madge Baker, 3RLT board member
Get your binoculars out because the birds are migrating back to Maine!
It is this time of year we celebrate the arrival of our favorite Baltimore Oriole and Ruby-throated Hummingbird pairs. Although warblers do not visit our feeders, they are arriving to eat lots and lots of bugs. Often a bit of yellow is what catches your eye, as was the case the other day when a friend asked, “What bird has yellow under its wings with black and white markings on its head?”
“That would be a male Yellow-rumped or Myrtle Warbler.”
I use my ears as well and am likely to notice the insistent “Teacher, teacher, teacher!” of the Ovenbird, or the persistent squeaky wheel of the Black-and-white Warbler. The Chestnut-sided Warbler is a smart looking bird. He has chestnut sides with a bright yellow cap on his head, and speaks with a distinctive accent when he says: “Pleased, pleased, pleased to meet you!”
And I will be pleased if you see a few warblers.
Related on 3rlt.org:
How to Identify the Trees You See
Go Out and Play! Fun Outdoor Activities to Enjoy Now
photo of binoculars via pexels.com