Bay-breast Warblers at the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha Wisconsin. While birding here today it started out slow but by mid-morning warbler action had picked up with 10 warbler species were present. Numbers of each warbler species has dropped from a couple days ago. The Bay-breasted Warblers both male and female with their beautiful colors gave nice views for short periods of time. Other warbler species present were Palm, Yellow, American Redstart, Magnolia, Blackpoll, Blackburnian, Yellow-rumped, Wilson’s and Chestnut-sided. With the very warm day today with temps at 85, the trees are filling out fast. Images taken on May 20, 2014.
Binomial name: Setophaga castanea
Size: 5.50” long, 9” wingspan
Weight: .44 oz.
Habitat: Coniferous forests
Diet: Insects and spiders
Nesting: The nest is usually made of twigs, bark and dry grasses placed on a horizontal limb on the bottom 1/3 of a dense spruce or fir tree. The natural lined cup shaped nest usually holds 4-7 eggs that are spotted or speckled and
Notes: One of the biggest warblers in size.