April 2014 Warblers
April is usually a good month for seeing migrating warblers in Florida during Spring migration. A few winter here and some stay year round, but most are passing through on their way north for nesting season. Here are a dozen of my favorites (of the ones I’ve seen to date), representing only about one-third all the warblers seen in the State.
MIGRATORS – These are usually the more difficult to see as they are passing through and don’t hang around as long as the others. I was fortunate to see my first Cape May and Blackpoll warblers in our front yard last year.
The Northern Waterthrush and Black-throated Blue warblers are seen fairly frequently passing through during Spring and Fall migrations.
SUMMER VISITORS – Prairie and Prothonotary warblers arrive this time of year and stay around for the summer.
WINTER VISITORS – Getting ready to head north for summer breeding are the Black-and-white, Palm and Yellow-rumped warblers.
YEAR ROUND – Fortunately we have the privilege of seeing a few warblers throughout the year, including Yellow-throated and Pine warblers. And, also seen more frequently, the Common Yellowthroat.
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist