Sunday, May 11, 2014

Warbler Guy, do wood-warblers travel the same route area going north in spring as they do going south after nesting?

That's a fine question, Aaron (in Minneapolis).....but a long(winded) answer that I'll spare you reading.

Instead, the short answer: For some wood-warbler species, their routes change from northward to southward migration (or vice-versa), depending on the species.

Consider the Blackpoll Warbler.

An excellent graphic/video shows the change in route of this species in the spring from more Midwestern in flavor to a post-nesting aftertaste whereby migration in the fall is much more easterly, via:

Got more questions? I'm glad to answer them if you email me at:

Happy spring, Daniel Edelstein


Anonymous said...

This is so cool, warbler man....Dusky W.

Anonymous said...

Blackpoll I can tell in spring....but hard to ID on its south migration don't you think?

Anonymous said...

I saw Blackpoll yesterday birding in IL....Nice views! Thanks for this....

Anonymous said...

I saw Blackpoll so early this year (by May 9 in IL....). So that's early I suppose? Or not?


Anonymous said...

Do you ever see females of this sp?
I do, but hard to tell them apart from chickadees, sometimes.....Earl C.