It's that time of year. The wood warblers (and other passerines) that made our spring as they rushed up from the Caribbean and Central America, all decked out in their finest Easter clothes, to find a bride and procreate, are headed south again.
Now their plumage looks a little worn, and it is sometimes a little harder to tell them apart. We won't see them again = except for a few birds silly enough to try to over-winter here = until late April and early May.
Their passage south is good news, however. It means they - or their parents - survived the brutal migration northward, made it through predators, human development and pollution, survived the competition of territory and mating, found enough to eat, and are now carrying on the great rythym of the year. Safe travels, dudes!
Here's one of the simplest, but prettiest, of the 30-odd warbler species in Eastern North America, the Yellow Warbler. We photographed it on April 20, 2008 at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware.