Here is a Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) that I enjoying finding last weekend during less than optimal migratory conditions on one of those autumn days that feels like the definition of the seasonal transition. And would you look at that, what is it foraging in? Why a White Pine tree, naturally. They are also one of the first warblers to return in the spring when March is finally beginning to break winter’s hold on the Northeast.
Pines are a bright little beacon of spring’s light coming in or summer’s glow heading out. We only have a few more weeks to enjoy a variety of warblers coming through, so get out there and soak them in while you can. As we pass through October the birds will be hurrying to get a move on, and you may find a variety of hungry and active species in your favorite patch even on mediocre migratory days. You definitely do not want to be a bird that forages for insects when the first frost is knocking on the door…
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