Tag Archives: bird migration

Little bird with a black throat

DSC_6074

It’s a Black-throated Blue Warbler, visiting Florida’s Treasure Coast during fall migration.

DSC_6077

We saw this bird yesterday on a walk through a mosquito impoundment area on Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie County.

It’s an eBird Hotspot: Ocean Bay Riverside Park.

DSC_6079

These birds breed in eastern North America and winter in the Caribbean.

DSC_6080

Ready for take off!

Little birds with yellow throats

DSC_5893

A bright yellow throat in morning sun.

DSC_5895

I saw this Yellow-throated Vireo yesterday morning at the edge of the mangroves in Indian Riverside Park, Jensen Beach.

DSC_5896

Such a pure, delicious yellow.

A bird of open deciduous forests and edges, the Yellow-throated Vireo is one of the most colorful member of its family. Not only does this bird have a bright yellow throat, it looks as if it’s wearing bright yellow spectacles.

DSC_5898

Eye rings, wing bars and songs… How to Tell Vireos From Warblers, Flycatchers, and Kinglets

DSC_5905

Another “yellow-throat” was nearby – the Yellow-throated Warbler.

DSC_5907

It’s migration season and I’m heading out the door again soon this morning!

Palm warblers are back

IMG_8508

These little birds showed up on our street about a week ago. Small but impossible to miss because they were IN the road every time I drove or walked that way, hopping here and there, bobbing their tails constantly.

IMG_8511

I got some ID help from the Facebook group What’s This Bird. They are Palm Warblers.

IMG_8513

I met them for the first time in late February last year: LINK.

But they looked a bit different because their plumage was changing towards breeding season. Also, they may be part of the western not eastern subspecies, according to a Facebook birder. They “summer” a-way up north in the boreal forest and winter here in Florida, where there are palm trees.

IMG_8516

From Cornell Lab of Ornithology…

Though the Palm Warbler’s name might imply it is a tropical bird, it’s actually one of the northernmost breeding of all warblers (only the Blackpoll Warbler breeds farther north). They got their name from J. P. Gmelin who named them based on a specimen collected on Hispaniola, a Caribbean island with a lot of palm trees.

IMG_8517

Canada’s boreal forests stretch for miles and miles. The great boreal forest, often called “North America’s bird nursery,” is the summer home to billions of migratory birds and an estimated 98% of all Palm Warblers.

Palm Warblers breed in bogs and areas with scattered evergreen trees and thick ground cover in the boreal forest. During migration they stop in weedy fields, forest edges, fence rows, and other areas with scattered trees and shrubs. They use similar areas on the wintering grounds including second-growth forest patches, marshes, prairies, parks, and coastal scrub.

IMG_8519

Important, interesting, worthy! Boreal Conservation: Boreal Songbird Initiative

As the voice for boreal birds, the Boreal Songbird Initiative (BSI) is committed to protecting the Canadian Boreal Forest—the largest intact forest on Earth—on behalf of the billions of migratory birds that rely on it.

IMG_8524

And while we are focusing on road creatures, I found this run-over snake a couple of streets away on Lucindia North. I took a photo in order to ID it later. It’s a VENOMOUS Eastern Coral Snake!