Warbler at my Feet!

Today will go down as one of the most fantastic days of birding / photography in my life. Although yesterday’s NE wind off Lake Superior was a thing of the past, replaced by a SW wind, the warblers were even more numerous than yesterday. I had “warblers at my feet”! (and in my face, and everywhere else).

Taking into account the weather, one just needed to think like a bird! Thus, I headed down to the Western Waterfront Trail in Duluth. The wind was very strong, and blowing across St. Louis Bay. I suspected warblers would be blown to my side of the river, and then would work their way along the banks till they found a calm spot with food. After walking about a mile, I found a thicket that had an early season bug hatch in progress. Both me and the birds thought this was an excellent spot! Later in the day I found a second spot protected from the wind where a bug hatch was in progress amongst last year’s old water reeds.

Here is a video of “warblers at my feet”, followed by photographs all taken today along the Western Waterfront Trail.

Black and White Warbler
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Canada Warbler
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American Redstart (male and female)
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Magnolia Warbler
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Yellow-Rumped Warbler
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Chestnut-Sided Warbler
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Yellow Warbler
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Yellow-Bellied Flycatcher
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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (female)
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Least Flycatcher
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