Monday, May 30, 2011

Plum Island Warblers

 I needed a bird fix so I decided to head up to Plum Island on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Unfortunately the weather was not great for photography as it was really foggy all day. Seems like we've had a lot of fog on weekends all spring long. The birding was great though. I guess the birds hit the fog bank and decided to hanging out on the island. I think I even saw a Common Yellow-throat with a Corona and a lime. :)

Plum island contains the Parker River National Wildlife Reserve, a 6 mile long island of sand dunes and salt marsh. It is excellent habit for migrating warblers. Although the weather remained poor all day, I took some OK shots.  There was a report of a Mourning Warbler too, a lifer for me, but no luck.  I move pretty slowly when I bird.  As stated previously, I like quality not quantity so I've been known for spending hours in front of one tree watching the birds. Saturday was no different.  I got to PI at 0730 and could have stayed until sun down.   Unfortunately the birding slowed down late in the afternoon or I would have stayed.  Hope you enjoy....leave a comment either way.

Black-throated Green Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Female Blackpole Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Northern Parula

Wilson's Warbler


Kelly said... said you did not having ideal photographic conditions, but your photos are wonderful. The Black-throated Green Warbler is spectacular!

Jen said...

So many good warblers!!! I'd kill for a Blackburnian, but we don't get them out west...

Hilke Breder said...

Great collection of warblers, John! I love the Black-throated Green W, the Magnolia and the Wilson W. You did very well with the light that you had!

dAwN said...

Love the Black-throated Green photo! Need to get to Plum Island this year.