2birdfeature #7: Striking Warblers

Warblers are a big deal during June in Newfoundland. They come in, guns blazing, ready to party. Ready to sing all hours of the morning and night and make babies. It looks like they're having a lot of fun. Really, they're desperately trying to pass on their genetic material and guard their nests while hopefully not being eaten. Less pleasure, more business. I chose two bright, summery little warblers for today's post to spite the coming Newfoundland weather. Our winters are rough, guys. First of all, it's Canada. Second, we're on a giant rock in the middle of the North Atlantic. Allow me the summery warblers, please.

YELLOW WARBLER

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The term "migratory" refers to movement. Across the globe, or perhaps a few kilometres. MIgratory birds spend different parts of the year in different places with great purpose. Each place constitutes the perfect conditions for a specific species' breeding and wintering seasons. June in Canada is a great place to hatch chicks. It's not too hot and not too cold. And O, the trees!

Yellow Warblers winter in the southern United States, Central America and South America (Bolivia and Amazonian Brazil). They eat insects and the occasional berry. They're quite abundant in the world and a common sight at backyard bird feeders.

MAGNOLIA WARBLER

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Magnolia Warblers winter in Central America and the Carribean. They eat mostly moth larvae and spiders. They're common despite their long-distance migration, though slightly less common in recent years due to deforestation.

This Sunday on the blog: a mammal that lives deep in the Louisiana bayou!