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PA MacGillivray’s Warbler Update

MacGillivray's Warbler at Highspire Park, PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Pennsylvania’s 2nd MacGillivray’s Warbler is still present as of November 29th at Highspire Reservoir Park. Although the warbler is typically easy to find by tracking down its chip notes it most often stays hidden low in the brush, and rarely pops out into the open offering unobstructed views. This afternoon, I made my 4th visit to the park, and after waiting for a while I was able to get some of my favorite photos of the bird so far. To see other photos I’ve taken of this beautiful warbler, check out this link. Here is a helpful map that Chad Kaufman made to help folks figure out where to park and look for the warbler. Good luck to any other birders that plan to chase this bird!

MacGillivray's Warbler at Highspire Park, PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

MacGillivray’s Warbler at Highspire Park, PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

MacGillivray's Warbler at Highspire Park, PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

MacGillivray’s Warbler at Highspire Park, PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

MacGillivray's Warbler at Highspire Park, PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

MacGillivray’s Warbler at Highspire Park, PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Here are a few links to other people’s photographs of the MacGillivray’s Warbler:

Tom JohnsonMichael MurphySue Hannon (the lady who found the warbler originally), Meredith Lombard, Peter Wolfe, Andrew Weitzel, Gordon DimmigLarry Usselman, Kim Gruener, Pat Williams, Andy Wilson, Holly Merker, Kyle Aldinger, David Yeany, Kevin Ebert, Matthew Addicks, Carl Engstrom, Nick Pulcinella.

Many other great photos of the warbler can be found on the ‘PA Birders’ and ‘PA Birders – Photography’ groups. If you have a publicly-accessible collection of photos of the bird, I would love to link to them here or you can post a comment with the link!

  • Leslie Peed

    I’m glad I took the time to go see this little guy.

    • http://www.nemesisbird.com/ Alex Lamoreaux

      Great photos, Leslie – thanks for posting! I particularly like the third one down, of the bird’s back and him looking right at the camera. It’s amazing how different one individual bird’s overall shape can change depending on what the bird is doing….everyone’s photos of this bird shows it in a unique way. Also having the vines, twigs, and leaves as a backdrop to the photo adds another interesting and eye-pleasing element to each photo.

      • Leslie Peed

        I honestly didn’t know what the big deal about seeing this bird was when someone suggested going to see it. I only got into birding in April so I had no idea that this was a western bird until someone filled me in at the park. I just thought maybe it was just late leaving for winter or something!
        But it was neat to see and easy to find. He was definitely up for a photo shoot. I took so many photos and most of them came out good because he was just there out in the open.