Warblers take some patience, because they don't stay still. They are insect-eaters, and they constantly flit to find and follow the insects. You walk slowly and quietly through the woods, listening for bird calls and letting your eyes adjust so that they start to tune into every tiny movement in the leaves, from ground level all the way up to the treetops, and you start to see them. Various species prefer particular levels in the wooded environment.
Here is a view of the trail we took. The slow spring delayed leafing-out, so that the small birds were still relatively visible if you took the time to watch for them. Some years, the trees are fully leafed-out by now and it's almost a hopeless task to try to find these little creatures in the trees.
|Woodland trail, Cannon River Wilderness Area|
I didn't even try to photograph any of the warblers we saw. They included:
- Bay-breasted Warbler (absolutely gorgeous with its chestnut, cream and black coloring; a new favorite. Here's a photo from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, though I don't think it does justice to how gorgeous this bird is real life.)
- Chestnut-sided Warbler
- Blackburnian Warbler (stunning with its bright orange throat)
- Orange-crowned Warbler
- Black-and-white Warbler
- Blackpoll Warbler
- Common Yellowthroat
- Yellow-rumped Warbler
- Yellow Warbler
- American Redstart