Remember the Wilson's Warbler that got a little confused about how he was supposed to be a migratory bird? If you don't, this should help a bit: Warbler Trap in Kelly's Brook. I had a few minutes the other day and decided to take quick walk along Kelly's Brook to see how the little guy had fared. The bad news: I didn't find him. The good news: I'm assuming he's alright and has just moved on, leaving his wintry oasis behind.
I did however find another yellow bird. A softer yellow. Take a look at this American Goldfinch. For the half hour I walked around looking for Mr. Warbler, this fella never stopped singing once.
While we're here at the brook, we might as well look around right? What kind of spring (I use the term "spring" very loosely here in Newfoundland) birds are back from their annual journeys?
I'm always excited about the return of the American Robin. And the good news is that you can experience them all over North and Central America. According to most range maps, American Robins are year-round residents in St. John's. This might be true for a handful of robins. Most of them are smart and head to Mexico.
A seriously hardy little year-round resident was flitting around Kelly's Brook as well. Dark-eyed Juncos are a breeze to identify with those two flashy tail feathers that fan out the second they take flight.
Last, my third favorite chickadee. The Black-capped Chickadee. My first favorite is the Mountain Chickadee (I'm pretty partial to all those years in the Rocky Mountains). My second is the Boreal Chickadee. I've obviously spent too much time thinking about this.
Next up, a whole bucket load of posts from my trip to St. Pete Beach and Everglades City, FL and Louisiana!