The Warblers are on the Move

While birding today, it was obvious that some warblers are on the move.

Rob Ripma

This morning, I spent a few hours at my favorite local park here in Indianapolis, Eagle Creek Park. I was hoping to see a big push of migrants but it’s still a bit early in the spring for that so I had to settle for watching one of the earliest migrant warblers, Yellow-rumped Warbler. This species has moved into central Indiana in larger numbers over the last few weeks and I was able to spend time observing more than a dozen of these hyperactive little warblers today.

One of many Yellow-rumped Warblers that I found today.

One of many Yellow-rumped Warblers that I found today.

I was pleasantly surprised to find another warbler species with the flock of Yellow-rumps, a single Yellow-throated Warbler. This species also tends to arrive in Indiana in early April before many of the other warblers have made it this far north.

This Yellow-throated Warbler was the only warbler I found this morning that wasn't a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

This Yellow-throated Warbler was the only warbler I found this morning that wasn’t a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

It was a beautiful morning to be out birding but I can’t wait until May when so many more warblers will arrive!

What was the first warbler that you found this spring?

  1. lynn says

    I have many of them here in Florida. They are nesting now along with some yellow warblers. Just love watching the birds.

  2. Rebecca says

    I just saw two Yellow-rumped Warblers yesterday in my yard in Mars, PA, and about ten more this morning! This is the first time I ever saw one. What beauties!

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