Studies of fall migration in this species have centered on the extensive overwater flights but have ignored other aspects of this migration, including potential geographic variation. Blackpoll warblers (Setophaga striata) that breed in western North America migrate up to 12,400 miles (20,000 km) roundtrip each year, some crossing … My ancestors–the Lindermans were from there. Blackpoll Warblers are one of the species for which the term “confusing fall warbler” was made. Studies of fall migration in this species have centered on the extensive overwater flights but have ignored other aspects of this migration, including potential geographic variation. It’s their legs. During fall migration, Blackpoll Warblers follow an all-water route across the open ocean to reach their South American destinations. Canada has taken steps to protect large areas of its boreal forest, preserving millions of acres of habitat for the blackpoll and other species dependent on these lands, including Canada Warbler, Swainson's Thrush, and Rusty Blackbird. Great information on the Blackpoll Warbler and thanks to Craig for the additional info on the blood. Their namesake black cap is entirely lacking by the time they start their epic journey south and they look like just another greenish-yellowish bird. A close examination will reveal the streaking on the back that distinguishes Dendorica striata from the similar Pine Warbler, and faint streaking on the underparts, white undertail coverts, and yellow or orangeish feet and legs that rule out Bay-breasted Warbler. We have a fountain, bird bath, and bird feeders in our back yard. The close up of the bird’s mantle feathers is really cool and I love the last “goodbye” wave shot. Go check it out! Two of the most challenging species to separate from each other during fall migration are the Blackpoll and Bay-breasted Warblers – so much so that observed individuals are often referred to by birders as “Baypolls”. Blackpoll Warblers are one of the species for which the term “confusing fall warbler” was made. Blackpoll Warblers (Setophaga striata) breed across Canada and the northern United States and fly across the Atlantic Ocean to South America in fall. Their namesake black cap is entirely lacking by the time they start their epic journey south and they look like just another greenish-yellowish bird. All words, images, and opinions are the property of their respective authors unless stated otherwise. Gorgeous shots of this amazing bird Corey! Be sure to browse our extensive galleries, species accounts, and book and product reviews. @Craig: Thanks for the info – I had not known that. Blackpoll Warblers take an incredible migratory journey each fall. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Everyone loves seeing all the beautiful warblers in their breeding colors in the spring but, seeing them in the fall can be just as much fun. Abstract. One thing I enjoy about bird blogging is that I learn new stuff about birds every day. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. flank; adult fall birds showcase black streaks concentrated on the sides of the breast, with some examples showing a streaked throat. Blackpoll Warbler fueling up for a 3,000 mile non-stop flight to Brazil. The table below summarizes such a further subdivision for the 30 warbler species seen with some regularity in southwestern Quebec and eastern Ontario. Each year, a few lost birds make an appearance on the Pacific shoreline, too. Blackpoll Warblers (Setophaga striata) breed across Canada and the northern United States and fly across the Atlantic Ocean to South America in fall. Their namesake black cap is entirely lacking by the time they start their epic journey south and they look like just another greenish-yellowish bird. The bright pale-yellow tones throughout the underside, crisp streaks to the sides of the breast and flank area, and delineated white undertail is look unique to fall Blackpoll Warblers. Learn how your comment data is processed. They travel from Denali National Park and Preserve to South America, often flying nonstop for over 72 hours. Yellow-breasted Chat, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Jamaican Lizard-Cuckoo, February 2020. That’s why they rock so hard – can’t beat their leg colouration. Blackpoll Warblers are one of the species for which the term “confusing fall warbler” was made. This post has been submitted to Bird Photography Weekly #109. Blackpoll warblers forage by gleaning insects and other arthropods from foliage and twigs and by hawking and hovering maneuvers. Its next step, once it puts on a lot of weight for energy, is to launch itself southeast out over the Atlantic until it hits prevailing winds that will be at its back as it curves to the southwest into northern South America. But I think I’ll go one calling warblers ‘pretty little birds’. Fall warblers can be very confusing especially when you see species that look so similar such as Blackpoll and Bay-breasted. Blackpoll Warblers breed in boreal forests and can be found in Denali in the late spring, summer, and early fall. I love birds. The nonstop flight, which take over 72 hours, is awesome in the literal sense in that it inspires awe. Barely half an ounce (12 grams), these tiny birds fly from northeastern Canada to South America every fall. The dual hemoglobin adaptation explains how this bird can survive in such extreme conditions, but here in (Ecuador) it can only be found on the eastern jungle of Ecuador, the Amazon. For the blackpoll warbler, such a feat is called their fall migration. @Renato: We’ll just have to find other boreal migrants. Look for them in the eastern United States, especially along the coast. This species claims the longest migration over water of any songbird; its fall migration route crosses over the north Atlantic Ocean from the northeastern coast of United States to the north coast of South America. The sharply marked Blackpoll Warbler is nature’s hearing test, with a high-pitched, almost inaudible song that floats through the boreal forests of Canada. I might see the same bird when I am birding in Ecuador in November! Pilots like Charlie would know the energy savings of higher altitude and strong tail wind.