One of the sure signs of spring at Leaning Oaks is the sound of the first singing Orange-crowned Warblers (Oreothlypis celata). Their arrival here in the last week of March is more or less timed to the blooming of the Big Leaf Maple, which are the same yellow-green as the lutescens subspecies of Orange-crowns. Once in a while an individual linger into the winter months, but most disappear by the 3rd week of September. Orange-crowned Warblers are most often seen foraging in the Oceanspray (133) or bathing in the stream we built. It is one of our most abundant warblers on the property and its dry trill a common sound from April to July.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.