Steve And Muffin’s Bird Of The Week. #1

Hi everyone and welcome back to our bird series! It will be every Wednesday until I run out of bird pictures, which probably won’t take too long since I used most of them already in our first series. Anyway, today’s bird is the “Blackburnian Warbler”. The picture is of the female, gathering nesting material on the ground, the male is orange instead of yellow and is more black and white otherwise. They prefer mature forests of white and black spruce, balsam fir, and white pine in this area. In it’s southern most breeding range it will pick deciduous trees for nesting. They spend most of their time in the tops of these trees and are therefore hard to see except during migration times when they will spend time lower with other warblers and also with flocks of chickadees. They spend their winters in South America, so for a tiny bird they are strong fliers. These birds are smaller than chickadees. They eat large quantities of caterpillars, including spruce budworm. They also eat spiders, flies, mayflies, ants, scale insects, aphids and many others. Their nests are high in a coniferous tree near the end of a branch, up to 80 feet high. Females build the nest of twigs, grasses and spider silk. The nest is about 3 inches (7.5cm) wide and not quite 2 inches (4.5cm) deep. Three to five eggs are common. Both parents feed the nestlings and fledglings. The oldest recorded Blackburnian warbler was 8 years and 2 months old, found during a banding operation, and was released again. Have a great day everyone and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β©2021 Steve McLeod.

109 Comments on “Steve And Muffin’s Bird Of The Week. #1

  1. Beautiful photo and bird’s story also πŸ‘ŒπŸŒ·this bird always come and sit my compound tree ,
    and make the sound πŸ‘πŸ»πŸŒΉI will on my phone camera it will fly, so many times 🌹yesterday
    2 mountain pigeons came, I took photo and today posted, free time got can see ,this pigeons
    You saw your place ? Have a nice Wednesday πŸ™πŸŒ·

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  2. This amaze me, in nature I mean birds or animals, I see majority of species where female is the hunter builder and male mostly does things like collecting dancing and do all things to attract female partner. But humans, are quiet the opposite on that part πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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    • That’s not quite true with birds.πŸ€” Usually the male helps with nest building and many species the male does all the building.😳 But the female does do most of the incubating, so she probably wants things done right so it’s comfortable for her.😁 In some birds the female takes off after laying the eggs and the male looks after them totally.😬 But with mammals, usually the female does all the work because the males would kill the babies.😳😬😲

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      • oops 😁 I misunderstood the concept, now I’m clear, birds do it different, but mammals work the way I think πŸ‘πŸ€“ thats a new thing to learn for today 😍❀️

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      • Always good to learn something new every day, or every other day, or once a month, or maybe even once a year!😁😺😁😺

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      • I put an halt to learning this month, I forgot what I learnt, French, Tagalog, Spanish πŸ™„I should maybe stick to one firstπŸ˜³πŸ™„πŸ˜ I should start againπŸ˜…

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      • Yep, just take it slow,πŸ˜€ it takes time to learn another language.πŸ€” So it’s best to just do one at a time. You can do it!😁

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  3. Love the pic ! Such a tiny bird…must be between the humming bird and chickadee in size…the blue jays are more vocal in the early morning…at least here at my place…rest well ! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ™‚πŸ˜»πŸ˜΄

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    • She was right beside me when I got her picture. I was already kneeling down to get a pic of a flower when she came along. It was exciting to get this pic! That’s about the right size! Our blue jays are vocal most of the day, until they leave late afternoon. Have a good night!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸ“·πŸŒ™πŸ˜΄

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