Queens, New York, Spring 2010

This blog post has one purpose and one purpose only; to showcase the amazing array of wood-warblers that made their way to the Forest Park waterhole during spring migration in 2010.  There are a couple of species of which I wish I had gotten better pictures (especially Cape May Warbler), there are a couple species of which I couldn’t resist sharing more than one shot, and there are a whole bunch of species that managed to avoid my camera altogether.  Some of the images here will have been used on other blog posts.  Please forgive the repetition…but somehow I think that repeat images of wood-warblers will be rather easily forgiven.  Enjoy!

Northern Parula Parula americana

Magnolia Warbler Dendroica magnolia

Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia

Louisiana Waterthrush Seiurus motacilla

Wilson’s Warbler Wilsonia pusilla

Blackpoll Warbler Dendroica striata

Prairie Warbler Dendroica discolor

Black-throated Green Warbler Dendroica virens

female Magnolia Warbler Dendroica magnolia

Northern Waterthrush Seiurus noveboracensis

Orange-crowned Warbler Vermivora celata

Chestnut-sided Warbler Dendroica pensylvanica

Tennessee Warbler Vermivora peregrina

female Northern Parula Parula americana

Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia

Cape May Warbler Dendroica tigrina

female Bay-breasted Warbler Dendroica castanea

Chestnut-sided Warbler Dendroica pensylvanica

female Blackpoll Warbler Dendroica striata

Let’s hope that all of these migrants find quality nesting grounds, successfully reproduce, and stop by the waterhole again on their way back south!

This post was originally published on 01 June 2010 but we figured that everyone likes wood-warblers and we would be better off using it as a rerun than leaving it to languish in the archives!


Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.