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Blackburnian Warblers feeding and video

Posted on May 28, 2014

One of the most spectacular warblers in the world is the Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca). They are truly gorgeous little creatures and thankfully here in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region they are abundant in migration and nesting seasons. I have been delighted to see and hear so many of them in the past month, and I am looking forward to spotting them in our neighborhoods, yards, parks, state forests and other preserves until the fall.

Twan had this individual in Allegany State Park earlier this month.

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)

They are fireballs flitting around our forests in their bright spring colors. Here are close up looks that I shot of that foraging – make sure you watch in HD!

Being from coastal Connecticut I am not used to the notion that these birds will remain “with me” and I hope everyone appreciates how special and rare the abundance of breeding species in our region is. As we enter summer we at RTPI will be conducting breeding bird surveys across the area and recording these results for all-time while showing you the highlights.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator