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25 Photos of Warblers You Should Add to Your Life List

Enjoy spectacular reader photos of 25 different warbler species. Birdwatchers love to look for these colorful, tiny fliers during spring and fall migration.

blackburnian warblerCourtesy Jeff Brooks

Blackburnian Warbler

” I saw this Blackburnian warbler in a flowering crab at our cabin in northern Minnesota,” says Jeff Brooks. “It was the first time I had ever seen one and thought the setting in the apple tree was very pretty.” Check out the top 10 spring warblers you should know.

black and white warblerCourtesy Ginger English

Black-and-White Warbler

“This black-and-white warbler was a first time visitor to my yard last summer, and it was such a delight to see. It has a beautiful song and a very different look. Before gathering information, I dubbed it the zebra warbler,” says Ginger English. Discover the best birding hotspots for warbler migration.

pine warblerCourtesy Mark Benson

Pine Warbler

“I took this photo in my back yard in Oshkosh, Wisconsin,” says Mark Benson. We get pine warblers coming to our suet feeder for just a few days every spring.” Learn how to feed and attract birds all year long.

common yellowthroatCourtesy Nancy Tully

Common Yellowthroat

“On June 2, 2016, while birdwatching at a local park, we kept hearing the common yellowthroat’s song but could not see it,” says Nancy Tully. “Right at the end of our session, I spotted a male yellowthroat very camouflaged in the shrubs. I was able to capture a few photos. It made my whole day.” Check out more super colorful spring bird photos.

prairie warblerCourtesy Britney Fox

Prairie Warbler

“Mt. Agamenticus in York, Maine, is so close to my house but feels like I’m a million miles away from the world when I go there. While on maternity leave this past spring, I would wake up early and go hiking on the trails early in the morning to get away for a little while,” says Britney Fox. “I stopped on a footbridge and this prairie warbler hopped right into the bush next to me. I could not believe how closely I was able to observe this impossibly small but spirited little bird.” Follow these tips to see the most migrating warblers.

yellow rumped warblerCourtesy Sandy Krassinger

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

“This cute little female yellow-rumped warbler was a visitor to the my yard in March 2019 in DeSoto, Missouri. She must have been migrating because she only stayed a few days,” says Sandy Krassinger. “It always makes me happy to add a new species to my sightings list and be able to capture a photograph!”

Wilson's warblerCourtesy Dennis Rashe

Wilson’s Warbler

“This was an exciting moment as I managed to capture a nervous Wilson’s warbler trying to bring home a meal to its offspring,” says Dennis Rashe. “There were four mouths to be filled and I needed to get out of the way quickly.” Learn how to safely observe nesting birds.

yellow warblerCourtesy Elijah Stiles

Yellow Warbler

“I chose this picture because I absolutely love the spring migration season. Seeing all the different species is incredible, but warblers have a special place in my heart,” says Elijah Stiles. “This little yellow warbler was particularly friendly and seemed to pose just for me. I took this picture in Oak Harbor; Ohio, at Magee Marsh.”

chestnut-sided warblerCourtesy Evelyn Johnson

Chestnut-sided Warbler

This spring my husband and I added many lifers, including this male chestnut-sided warbler,” says Evelyn Johnson. “One day several species of warblers happened to be merrily hopping along at Whitnall Park in Franklin, Wisconsin. Right time at the right place was the key!” 

canada warblerCourtesy Evelyn Johnson

Canada Warbler

“My husband and I have been avid photographers for over 30 years, focusing on wildlife—especially birds,” says Evelyn Johnson. “We were privileged to capture this Canada warbler at Whitnall Park in Franklin, Wisconsin.”Check out the top Great Lakes birding hotspots for spring migration.

Townsend's warblerCourtesy Leslie Scopes Anderson

Townsend’s Warbler

This beautiful Townsend’s Warbler was migrating through just as these bushes were blooming,” says Leslie Scopes Anderson. “I liked the color combinations.”

Golden-cheeked warblerCourtesy Melissa Cheatwood

Golden-cheeked Warbler

The rare and endangered golden-cheeked warbler nests only in the oak-juniper woodlands of central Texas,” says Melissa Cheatwood. “We are so fortunate to live within the boundary of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1992 in order to protect this very special songbird.” Check out super cute photos of baby birds.

Northern parulaCourtesy Sheri Douse

Northern Parula

“When the year started, I told myself I would love to see 200 different bird species in Florida. It definitely has been a challenge, but I am determined to complete my goal,” says Sheri Douse. “Out of all the different birds, this little guy is one that I hear every time I go outside. The Northern parula is a very small bird and it has a beautiful voice. I have been chasing this bird around for quite some time hoping to get a perfect picture.” Check out our ultimate guide to backyard bird photography.

palm warblerCourtesy Travis Bonovsky

Palm Warbler

“This spring I noticed two large native plum trees blooming in a park in Minneapolis, not far from my home,” says Travis Bonovsky. “On the very last day of April I noticed a lot of movement within them so I got out my stool to sit and watch. Among the birds was a gorgeous palm warbler who was busy prodding the flower clusters with its bill.” Learn how to plant a native bird garden.

yellow-throated warblerCourtesy Brian Lowry

Yellow-throated Warbler

“I was listening to this yellow-throated warbler singing high in a pin oak in our front yard. I sat near a gingko enjoying the songs of several of spring birds,” says Brian Lowry. “In time, the warbler landed immediately in front of me on the gingko.”

ovenbirdCourtesy Jeffrey Boland

Ovenbird

“Spring migration had brought several new visitors to our yard during my first year of birding. I was just about to dismiss what I thought was another house sparrow, until I zoomed in and was treated to this adorable ovenbird among some new crabapple buds,” says Jeffrey Boland. “It’s become my favorite photo of the season, and makes me smile every time I see it.”

bay-breasted warblerCourtesy Alisa Gerbec

Bay-breasted Warbler

“I caught this Bay-breasted Warbler checking me out at Magee Marsh in Ohio this past spring,” says Alisa Gerbec. “This photo captured the curious nature between birds and humans.”

nashville warblerCourtesy Andy Raupp

Nashville Warbler

“This photo is of a very acrobatic Nashville warbler in our cherry tree,” says Andy Raupp. “This photo is special to me because we live in the suburbs and don’t often get migrating warblers in our yard.”

prothonotary warblerCourtesy Bob Howdeshell

Prothonotary Warbler

“Each year I eagerly wait for the annual migration influx of prothonotary warblers to east Tennessee,” says Bob Howdeshell. “This female posed so nicely for me.” Learn where migrating birds spend the winter.

cape may warblerCourtesy Catherine Forrest

Cape May Warbler

“The month of May brings spring warblers to Michigan. So it is fitting that while enjoying a beautiful spring day at Tawas Point State Park on Lake Huron I spotted my first glimpse of a Cape May warbler,” says Catherine Forrest. “Warblers are so colorful and full of energy. Luckily this one decided to take a rest and I was able to get a picture of it.”

black-throated green warblerCourtesy Laura Pettigrew

Black-throated Green Warbler

“This black-throated green warbler put on quite a show for us this past spring, hopping for branch to branch posing allowing some amazing captures,” says Laura Pettigrew. “Such amazing color and details!”

American redstartCourtesy Linda Petersen

American Redstart

“This was taken during fall migration. I was in my backyard taking pictures of birds when this female American Redstart appeared at my water fountain,” says Linda Petersen. “She was very excited to see water and kept hopping back and forth, fanning her tail feathers trying to get brave enough to jump in the water.” Here’s how to attract birds to use a birdbath.

Hooded warblerCourtesy Teresa McClung

Hooded Warbler

“Every spring my husband and I make a trip to Kanawha State Forest near Charleston, West Virginia, to look for migrating warblers,” says Teresa McClung. “We almost always see hooded warblers in the same area of the forest and I try to take photos of them.”

Kirtlands WarblerCourtesy Jamie Burning

Kirtland’s Warbler

“I caught a picture of this Kirtland’s warbler at Grant Park in Chicago,” says Jamie Burning. “I was surprised to see this bird, as it’s a rare sight around here.” Check out the most bird-friendly cities in America.

magnolia warblerCourtesy Nancy Tully

Magnolia Warbler

Nancy Tully captured this photo of a magnolia warbler. This easy-to-spot warbler spends time in low shrubs and trees. During spring migration, magnolia warblers zip through the eastern half of the U.S. on the way to their breeding grounds in Canada and northern states like Minnesota and Wisconsin.”

Lori Vanover
Lori Vanover is the senior digital editor for Birds & Blooms. She enjoys growing vegetables in containers and raised beds and watching for birds in her backyard.