A Northern Parula Warbler in a Backyard Oasis



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A Northern Parula Warbler in a Backyard Oasis

Northern parula sitting on a tree limb in Toronto, Ontario

It was this past spring that Bob and I finally visited the Long Point area of Ontario during the peak period of songbird migration.  We had a long wish list of new birds that we would like to see, and on this list was a Northern Parula.  We failed to spot any when in that area of the province but did have one spend the afternoon in our Toronto backyard soon thereafter.  What a pleasant surprise! Read more

A Black-throated Blue Warbler in our Garden



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A Black-throated Blue Warbler in our Garden

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One day in early May, as I returned home from doing some errands, I found Bob tied up on the telephone.  He no sooner hung up the receiver but what he declared, “there’s a new bird in our back apple tree!”  It turned out to be a male Black-throated Blue Warbler. Read more

Nashville Warbler Visits Our Toronto Backyard



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Nashville Warbler Visits Our Toronto Backyard

Nashville warbler sitting on a water fountain in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Of the various Warblers frequenting our backyard one spring, it was the Pine Warblers and this  Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) that made the longest stays.  We experienced long periods without rain that spring so the water fountain on our property was a real attraction for a lot of migrating birds. Read more

A Palm Warbler at Ashbridge’s Bay Park in Toronto



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A Palm Warbler at Ashbridge’s Bay Park in Toronto

palm warbler in tree - ashbridges bay park - toronto

What a delightful day we had birdwatching at Ashbridge’s Bay Park in Toronto, a park we had never visited before.  One Sunday this past spring, Bob and I ventured there because it seemed to offer some of the best prospects for seeing migrating birds.  Although more expert eyes probably picked out umpteen species, we managed to sight over a dozen ourselves including this little gem, a Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum).  In breeding plumage, its dull red cap is diagnostic. Read more

A Pine Warbler in my Toronto backyard



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A Pine Warbler in my Toronto backyard

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One of the first migrating warblers to drop by our backyard one spring was a Pine Warbler (Dendroica pinus), and it hung about our property for a good week and a half.  They are one of the earliest spring migrants having departed their wintering grounds in late February.  It was such a pleasure to see its little burst of colour amid all the bare branches of our trees and shrubs.  The leaves were so late emerging this year. Read more

Magnolia Warbler in our Toronto Backyard



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Magnolia Warbler in our Toronto Backyard

magnolia warbler sitting on tree limb - toronto

For some reason, this past spring resulted in way more migrating birds visiting our backyard than usual.  Either that or Bob and I have just become much more observant.  One day, as I scoured the birch tree in search of the House Wren that was building its nest, I spotted a flash of yellow then saw that this Magnolia Warbler (Dendroica magnolia) had alighted on one of the branches. Read more

A Cape May Warbler visits our Toronto Backyard



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A Cape May Warbler visits our Toronto Backyard

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What a delight when a new species of bird decides to visit our backyard oasis.  This spring, we have had several different warblers stop to enjoy the water fountain and feeding stations, among them a Cape May Warbler (Dendroica tigrina).  For some reason, looking south at my Highbush Cranberry where it stands guard over the corner of the garage, is where I seem to discover many of the birds opting to perch before they remove themselves to the privacy of our back garden. Read more