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.
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.
The next warbler is not nearly so colourful.
Its most obvious features are the two white wing bars.
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.
Other birds from today:
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.
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