In the spring at my new house I was able to ID 13 warbler species from my deck. At the time I couldn't help but think that the fall might be even better as birds trying to head southwest to Mexico and Central America tend to follow the coast of Lake Michigan rather than cross the lake.
As September has progressed I had only seen 5 species and never more than 3 in a day. In three hours today in my yard, I saw 14 warbler species. They came in like lake-effect snow squalls in groups of 10 to 20. They would feed on insects then move on. Then an hour later another group would swoop in and the process would repeat. I was able to photograph 10 of the species.
|Northern Parula - new to yard list #83|
|Tennessee Warbler - #84|
|Black-throated Green Warbler|
Warblers not shown ; Cape May, American Redstart, Wilson's, and Black and White.
If it's September the raptors will be migrating.