Today was a happy day in the garden enjoying the returning Spring and songbirds. And I am elated to add a new species to my pages here under Wildlife. I now have 75 species of birds featured with vivid photographs and listed by family on my website.
I had wished for years to see this bright and striking Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) in the gardens. I did today!! I hope he will entice a mate to come and join him with his sweet zippy song. And that the songbirds will have a successful brood and return year after year. They will raise their young in a nest of twigs, bark, lichens, moss and rootlets and dead pine needles all held to the branches with stolen silky spider web. I will most likely not find it where it is built high up in a tree in the forest.
This is the only warbler wearing a bright orange throat. It is such an exciting time of year to welcome back old friends and new ones, who were in the tropics over the winter months. To listen and try to identify them by their songs is a fun challenge. I have to relearn them every year. It is a joy to share this beautiful warbler with you.
Happy Spring!! For us New Englanders – it is finally here.