May 20 2010

Best Bird This Week

Published by at 7:12 am under Migration,Songbirds


It’s been All Peregrines All The Time for a while now, but I do see other birds.

Best Bird this week by far has been the Wilson’s warbler singing in the patch of trees across the street from my house on Sunday morning.  I heard his song and went out to look.

Wilson’s warblers are bright yellow birds with a small black cap.  Unlike most warblers they can be found from coast to coast.  They winter in Central America and nest from Newfoundland to Alaska but are only seen in Pennsylvania during migration.

The bird in my neighborhood was travelling north when he reached Pittsburgh before dawn on Sunday.  He was a one day wonder.  As soon as he could leave, he was on his way. 

Quite the Best Bird!

p.s. On PABIRDS, Grant Stevenson pointed out this Science Daily article on the value of urban woodlands.  The trees in my neighborhood are important for migrating birds.  How about that!

(photo by Steve Gosser)

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2 Responses to “Best Bird This Week”

  1. Geneon 20 May 2010 at 9:23 am

    Hello Kate,

    Speaking of migration, yesterday I saw a female Monarch laying eggs on some milkweed. So cool! I have had a patch of the stuff in my back yard over the past few years and have observed the Monarch’s growth but this is the first time I got to see this particular event happen live before my very eyes!

    This can only mean one thing. Summer is in full swing. Hooray!

    Gene

  2. kellyon 20 May 2010 at 10:27 am

    i love wilson’s warblers. i saw one this morning in nj and decided that wilson’s warblers could quite possibly be the fastest moving (ie. fidgety) birds in the world. looking back at your chosen photo reminds me of what i saw this morning, lots of movement. if only we could tap into that energy……, but let’s not give BP any ideas.

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