Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wave of Warbleration


Early morning haze...
...gave way to late morning rain 
terrible record shot of a Northern Parula Setophaga americana
Nashville Warbler Leiothlypis ruficapilla
  The Summit this morning, once again, was fairly quiet...at first.  The first circuit starting at 8:30 produced a few predictable warblers, but at 9:15, the world went warblery.  An epic and sustained wave of warblers started streaming in from the southeast, and for the next hour, I followed the wave through the woods as it headed towards the northwest corner.  It was a bewildering spectacle, as a ragged mass of 14 different warbler species (14!) relay raced through the treetops.  There were so many warblers moving, at one point I almost had a system shut-down, ha ha.  In one bino sweep I had seven species in the same tree - fuck yea.
  A fairly heavy rain squall came through at about 11:15, and I got thoroughly rainihilated.  I squelched all the way home in my holey Converse, grinning like an idiot.

Wicked Warbler Wave:
Tennessee Warbler - 2
Nashville Warbler - 3
Northern Parula - 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 2
Magnolia Warbler - 5+ (mostly feeding close to the ground)
Cape May Warbler - 3+
Blackburnian Warbler - 3
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 5+ females (also feeding in the underbrush), 3+ males
Black-throated Green Warbler - 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 4
Black-and-white Warbler - 4+
American Redstart - 3
Ovenbird - 2
Canada Warbler - 1

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