The American Redstart is another familiar migrant but is also known to nest at the park in small numbers. I’ve seen pairs on Duck Pond Trail in the summer that I’m thinking must’ve been nesting there. Below is a picture of a pretty female magnolia warbler. When we start seeing the female warblers in greater numbers than males we know migration is nearing its end. According to the range maps I’ve reviewed the magnolia warbler probably nests in this part of PA as well as a wide range north of us.
I enjoyed watching this pretty northern parula forage at just above eye level in this tree until it flew up into a much taller tree, as warblers tend to do.
The aptly named black and white warbler is a favorite migratory warbler at Presque Isle maybe because it is one of the more easily spotted and observed warblers because it moves along bare tree trunks and branches foraging for bugs, behaving much like a nuthatch.
So what’s a birder and nature lover to do now that these beauties are flying off to their summer breeding grounds? Well, there’s always the “sweet, sweet, sweet, little more sweet” yellow warbler that is perhaps one of the most adundant breeding birds on the park.
Not to mention the seemingly infinite number of other beautiful creatures, plants and scenic views that make Presque Isle such a wonderful destination…but don’t take my word for it. Come down to the park and see for yourself!!!