Spring Delight
Birds & Blooms|February/March 2019
Spring Delight

As the new season ushers in fresh air budding greenery, birds head toward their summer homes.

A few springs ago, we had a late-season blizzard. In the weeks following the storm, eight new bird species I’d never seen before showed up on our property. This male Canada warbler was one of them. He sat in the dogwood bush outside my window, just resting and looking around. I love how his colors pop against the background of new grass after the snowmelt. Susan Boyce PICKETT, WISCONSIN

A LONG JOURNEY

Canada warblers trek more than 3,000 miles from South America to spring breeding grounds in the U.S. and Canada. Look for them in shrubby, deciduous and mixed conifer forests, and on woodland slopes.

Thrilled was an understatement when I spotted this male northern parula while walking the McDade trail in northeast Pennsylvania. He was very hard to find and photograph—I could hear him better than I could see him. But for a few seconds he let me take a couple of shots!

Nancy Tully

EAST STROUDSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA

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February/March 2019