Friday, November 2, 2012

The Blackpoll a Migration Specialist

Blackpoll Warbler
The blackpoll is a new world wood warbler. They nest up on their breeding grounds in Canada and Alaska. When winter approaches they head south, like most warblers, where there are more bugs to eat. Unlike most other warblers though, the black poll does not head down through Mexico and Central America. Instead they fly from the southeastern United States across the Atlantic Ocean down into northern South America. During migration they may stop to feed on islands in the Caribbean but the average flight will pass over 1800 miles of water. This may necessitate a possible nonstop flight of almost 90 hours. In order to have the energy to make the long grueling flight blackpolls will bulk up to almost twice their size before they begin migration.


5 comments:

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I appreciate you linking up to the Bird D'Pot [I'm in my personal blog admin right now]...

I'll be back when the linking for the Bird D'Pot begins at noon today. In the meantime, if you'd like, stop by and view my Night Heron photo I shared at Hootin' Anni's.

Have a super weekend.

joanne said...

your pic and facts are a joy....thanx

Marie said...

He's an interesting little bird. Thanks for the info!

Nancy Claeys said...

Looks so similar to the chickadee, I'm not sure I'd know the difference. He's gorgeous.

Marie said...

It's a very handsome bird.