RIP Ruth Bader Ginsberg!! She fought for the equality of all people! She will be dearly missed.
Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." Ruth Bader Ginsberg
So here we are, just past the middle of September, it is Warbler time. If you are a birder, finding the warblers and id-ing them in the fall can be a challenge. I was lucky to see migrant Warblers in my backyard. They love the berries on the Devils Walking Stick also known as Aralia spinosa. We have several of these trees in our back yard, they can grow 10-15 ft tall, it has sharp spines on the bark, white summer flowers and dark purple berries.
Below are 3 Cape May Warblers seen in my yard, the top photo may be the juvenile, the middle photo is the female and the bottom photo is the more colorful male Cape May Warbler. These photos were taken on Sept 12 and Sept 15th.
This is a Tennessee Warbler, looking at all those berries. This bird is a vibrant yellow-green, with a white eyebrow and undertail it also has a sharp bill.
The Northern Parula is a breeder in the forest next to our house, so we can hear and see them all summer. The Northern Parula has a beautiful yellow throat and breast which is separated by a rufous band. This bird also has white eye arcs. The female is less colorful.
Another look at the beautiful male Cape May Warbler.
For the bird and nature lovers, many of us are concerned and wondering why hundreds of thousands of migratory birds are being found dead this month in New Mexico. Could it be due to the smoke and all the wildfires? This is a link to an article in the New Times Migrating birds found dead
I also read on facebook a number of migrating warblers were found dead at Sandy Hook in New Jersey. From the west coast to the east coast, what could be killing all these birds?
This news is so sad, after hearing of past reports that billions of birds are disappearing in the US and Canada. This is an article from Cornell millions of birds are disappearing. In my lifetime 1 in 4 bird species are disappearing. Some people may not care about birds/animals and just say it does not affect me. I think about the saying "canary in the coal mine". I think this huge loss of birds is a danger warning. Something needs to be done.
We are hanging in there, happy and healthy. I hope everyone is safe,
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