Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Waiting for Warblers

Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Male pine warbler.

In the movie Jeremiah Johnson, the character Bear Claw Chris Lapp (played by The Waltons' grandpa Will Geer) says "Winter's a long time going. Stays long this high."

The old mountain dude was totally on the money with that one.

He could have just as easily been talking about this endless winter we're enjoying.

I am ready for warblers and spring. So far here at Indigo Hill, we've had exactly TWO warbler species in 2008. Yellow-rumped and pine. And it's April 15! No ovenbird yet. No Louisiana waterthrush. No palm warbler (but hey, our palm trees aren't fruiting yet).

Here are a few images of the (notice I said THE, as in the ONLY) pine warbler we've had so far. He stopped by, attracted by all the activity at the feeders, and helped himself to a few peanut bits, some sunflower hearts, and a few bill-fulls of suet dough.

Then he split for points north.

It's hard to be patient for spring's arrival—and it seems to get harder each year.

Male pine warbler checking out bark cracks and sapsucker holes in a birch trunk for insects.

Sneaking closer to the bird feeders.

Dispatching a sunflower heart. Pine warblers survive cold weather by sheer resourcefulness.


On April 15, 2008 at 8:58 PM Anonymous said...

No warblers here yet, hurry spring! I don't think people down south can really appreciate spring like us tough northeners who tough out these winters!

On April 16, 2008 at 2:01 PM Anonymous said...

Pine warblers looks so hulking to me, compared with some of the daintier wood warblers.--Chrissy

On April 16, 2008 at 2:06 PM kevbosnafu said...

Well, the yellow-rumped warblers arrived in Boston's Public Garden today! I just saw half a dozen romping about on a small dead pine tree - and they were letting me get fairly close.

It was a blast birding with you in Cambridge on Monday, Bill, in spite of the chilly temps.

Cheers from Boston.

On April 16, 2008 at 2:56 PM Bill of the Birds said...

Hey Kevin! It was great birding with you and the crew in Mt. Auburn. Hope we get to do it again with more birds!