Palgrave Ontario and Some Warbler Identification: May 2020

The Peterson Field Guide to the Birds has 43 species of warblers listed including the delightfully named Worm-eating Warbler.

So how do you tell them apart? Warblers are about 13 cms in length and tend to always be moving. This is a good clue although kinglets are somewhat similar in size and behaviour.

Usually you don’t have much time to see these little birds so it is important to try and remember what colours you are seeing.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

This warbler is very colourful showing blue, black, yellow and white. The Magnolia Warbler has similar colours but doesn’t have a white throat. This is a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

The next warbler is not nearly so colourful.

Pine Warbler

Its most obvious features are the two white wing bars.

Pine Warbler
Pine Warbler
Pine Warbler
Pine Warbler
Pine Warbler
Pine Warbler
Pine Warbler

Pine Warblers can be an olive-green colour as the above one is or a brighter yellow as the one from Darlington Provincial Park was.

Pine Warbler at Darlington Provincial Park

Other birds from today:

Song Sparrow
Blue Jay
American Robin
Canada Geese
Mute Swan

Palgrave, in north Peel County, is located on the Oak Ridges Moraine. The place was named to honour Sir Francis Turner Palgrave, a poet who published the Golden Treasury of English Songs and Lyrics.

United Church
former church and then former bar

Nearby botany:

Trout-lily (Erythronium canadensis)
Red Trillium (Trillium erectum)
Red Trillium (Trillium erectum)
Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)
Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)
Wood Fern fiddleheads
Common Spikesedge
White Spruce pollen cones
Dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum)
Woodsia Fern
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Sugar Maple (Acer sachharum)

Other nature:

Spring Azure
Spring Azure
Cottontail

Nearby Scenes:

former railway, now cycling and walking trail

NATURE POETRY

A Song of Spring and Autumn

IN the season of white wild roses
We two went hand in hand:
But now in the ruddy autumn
Together already we stand.

O pale pearl-necklace that wandered
O’er the white-thorn’s tangled head!
The white-thorn is turned to russet,
The pearls to purple and red!

On the topmost orchard branches
It then was crimson and snow,
Where now the gold-red apples
Burn on the turf below.

And between the trees the children
In and out run hand in hand;
And, with smiles that answer their smiling,
We two together stand. – Sir Francis Turner Palgrave

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Palgrave Ontario and Some Warbler Identification: May 2020

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Delightful! And it’s great to get the education on Warblers, There are so many–and they are so wonderful. Great to learn. Thanks, Miles!

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  2. Ken

    Hi Miles. I’ve never seen a pattern like that on a butterfly but from the ROM book it looks like the “marginata” form of a Spring Azure.

    Love your posts!

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