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Confusing Fall Warblers and Great Blue Heron

August 28, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

About 20 years ago I visited Point Pelee National Park, a must visit place for all bird lovers. I was talking to some people when I said that Nova Scotia is good for fall birding up until the end of November. Jaws dropped and almost in unison they exclaimed, "fall warblers". This is a common perception relating to the challenge of sorting out some of the fall warblers. Juveniles look different from their parents and adult birds change their look as well.

The usual rules apply; does the bird have wing bars?, an eye ring?. What's the colour of the eye ring and feet? How about bill length and curve? Does it have tail bars or a different colour rump or underbelly? Look at plumage details and colour. Mannerism is important; bobbing tail or head, jerky motion or slow and steady. Is it a ground lurker or high up in the trees?

I use song to easily identify most warblers in the springtime when they are all singing often long before I see them if I see them at all. Fall warblers are usually silent except for chipping noises usually to maintain contact, or so we think.

Chestnut-sided Warbler

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Magnolia Warbler

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Wilson's Warbler

......note the yellow eye ring and dusty cap.

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Great Blue Heron

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