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Bird of the Week: New World Warblers
They're small, they're cute, they sing. What's not to love???
This week’s Bird of the Week is inspired by this bird that I saw in Central Park the other day. It was both a) a nice bird and b) a bird that didn’t run away when I moved in to get a picture. Success!
A quick consultation with my Merlin Bird ID app told me that this was an ovenbird. Ovenbirds are just cute little birds! They eat bugs and sing and make little nests on the ground and do their thing. Not every bird can feast on bone marrow or have a stomach like a cow, you know? Some birds are here to look adorable and chirp and perpetuate the species.
So today, I am highlighting the family of birds that the ovenbird belongs to: the New World warblers. These are small, colorful songbirds that mostly live in trees up and down the Western Hemisphere, feasting on insects and bringing joy wherever they go (except, I suppose, to the insects). There are far too many warblers to show off here (and that’s before you get to the Old World warblers!) so I have restricted myself to 10. I think you’ll agree that they all rule!!!! Take it away, warblers!
Black-throated gray warbler
Elfin woods warbler