Sunday, May 4, 2008

'Nuther neotropical.

A bit of a neotropical migrant wave passed through yesterday -- flycatchers, sparrows and warblers. I can't help but wonder what a similar day would have brought a few decades ago.

Wilson's Warbler. Worst hairpiece in bird-dom (click to see it up close).

At a little neighbourhood park up the road, which was created from the large garden of a home no longer there, a lot was moving through the birches and blueberries. Firsts of the year included Fox Sparrow, Anna's Hummingbird, and this fellow above.

Wilson's Warblers have a long tail, which they often raise. Like this.

Wilson's Warblers winter in southern Mexico and Central America. According to The Birds of North America Online, "Long-term trend analysis indicate recent population declines, particularly in the western portion of the species’ range; large-scale destruction of riparian habitat is likely a leading cause. These populations declines and their causes merit further investigation, since declines appear to have become more widespread in recent years."

That's what I meant about wondering what it a similar day would have brought a few decades ago. And why did the declines have to happen before excellent digital cameras were invented?

I gave up on the birds when a polar bear at a house next to the park got ornery.

" I WILL eat you! I want you to know that!"

Ref:
Ammon, Elisabeth M. and William M. Gilbert. 1999. Wilson's Warbler (Wilsonia pusilla), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online:
http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/478
doi:10.2173/bna.478

1 comment:

Chrisss said...

Great captures...especially the polar bear :-)