Fun Fact Friday: The Blackpoll Warbler’s Amazing Migration Journey

Fun Fact Friday: The Blackpoll Warbler’s Amazing Migration Journey

There are a lot of amazing facts about bird migrations, but for me, Blackpoll Warblers have the craziest migration pattern of any of the warblers. After breeding across the boreal forests of Canada and Alaska, the whole population migrates east towards the Atlantic Ocean. Once they reach the ocean, they will feed heavily in hopes of doubling their body weight and then take off and fly straight out over the open water heading east. They will rely on strong winds to push them south so that they can arc down to South America, at some points being closer to Africa than the American continents! Many of the birds will make landfall on the northeast coast of South America, with the journey averaging about 1,900 miles and taking more than 80 hours of nonstop flight to complete. Their migration north in the spring will take them island hopping through the Caribbean and then through the central United States back to their breeding grounds in the north.

Blackpoll Warbler

This Blackpoll Warbler makes an incredible journey each year!

Rob Ripma
Rob Ripma, a lifelong Indiana resident, has traveled and birded extensively throughout the Americas.