Monday, June 14, 2010

Lots of breeding activity

American Redstart feeding young, Central Quabbin, June 14, 2010

Blackburian Warbler, female, collecting nest material, Central Quabbin, June 14, 2010

Made a trip into central Quabbin and had lots of breeding activity with the various species of warblers there. I returned to the nest of American Redstarts and the three young in the nest looked about ready to fledge. Both parents made nearly continuous trips to the nest feeding the young. As some warblers have already fledged young some continue to build nests including a redstart and a Pine Warbler, which must be on a second brood now. Several other species were seen carrying food to hidden nests or fledglings. Another interesting sight was the above photographed Blackburnian Warbler that was collecting webs for a nest. She was covered with spider webs! A total of fifteen species of warblers were seen or heard on central Quabbin this morning.


  1. Great blog! Who doesn't love pursuing warblers? I'll definitely be back to learn more about breeding warblers in Massachusetts. I used to ignorantly think they all migrated through, but it's really interesting to learn what ones stick around.

  2. Thanks. I'm glad you enjoy the blog.