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Wayfaring Warblers

Apr 17, 2017

Birdwatchers know that after a night of mild southerly winds, an early April or May morning can bring a windfall of warblers.

Warblers are small, insect-eating birds that spend their winters in central and south america.  Most of the birds, especially the males, are brilliant yellows, oranges, blues and greens.  Some species nest in the midwest, but many merely pause here on their way to the extensive evergreen forests of canada and the northern united states.

Warblers arrive in the area at just the right time to snatch up leaf-hungry insects.  As buds on trees and shrubs begin to open, caterpillars and other insects attack the lush new growth.  The abundance of insects makes it easy for warblers to refuel quickly for another night of flying.

To find warblers, your ears can be your best tool.  Listen for their high-pitched buzzing songs coming from trees and shrubs.  Then look for small flashes of color as the birds flit restlessly among the branches.  Use binoculars to get a closer look.  Warblers typically migrate in large flocks and one tree may host several species.  Isolated patches of trees, and trees close to water, are often good places to search for warblers.

Migration Nation

  • Did you know that some birds migrate, and some don't? Here's what you need to know about migration:
  • Permanent residents do not migrate. They are able to find adequate supplies of food year-round.
  • Short-distance migrants move only a short distance, as from higher to lower elevations on a mountainside.
  • Medium-distance migrants cover distances that span from one to several states.
  • Long-distance migrants typically move from breeding ranges in the United States and Canada to wintering grounds in Central and South America. Despite arduous journeys involved, long-distance migration is a feature of some 350 species of North American birds.

Information from

Find places in Missouri to spot migrating warblers at the Great Missouri Birding Trail.


Common Yellow-throated Warbler
Common Yellow-throated Warbler
Common Yellow-throated Warbler

Amazing Warblers

A birds eye view of the Prothonotary and Cerulean Warbler
A birds eye view of the Prothonotary and Cerulean Warbler

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Spring trivia warbler warm up quiz

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Blackpoll Warbler Cartoon
Blackpoll Warbler Cartoon
Blackpoll Warbler Cartoon

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