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Black-and-white Warbler / © Bryan Pfeiffer

Black-and-white Warbler / © Bryan Pfeiffer

TO PARAPHRASE THE FOLK SINGER DONOVAN, yellow is the color of Monhegan’s birds — in the morning, when we rise … in the morning, when we rise.

The new yellow Sunday afternoon was Yellow-breasted Chat (sorry, no photo — so you’ll have to settle for this Black-and-white Warbler) just south of Burnt Head. It blended well with the Yellow-headed Blackbird, which has been marauding around the island in the company of about two dozen Common Grackles (and a few European Starlings). They’re perching high on the spruce here.

Ruth and I have also bumped into a few warbler patches, bringing the all-important warbler total to 14 species after our first full day here. You know you’re having a great day during migration when Cape May Warblers outnumber Yellow-rumped Warblers. That’ll change soon enough, but for now we’re enjoying this place without the swarms of “Rumps.”

Below is our list so far. (We’ve missed a few.) Read all the 2015 Monhegan posts. And here’s some Donovan.

  • American Black Duck
  • Mallard
  • Common Eider
  • Ring-necked Pheasant
  • Common Loon
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    Philadelphia Vireo / © Bryan Pfeiffer

    Northern Gannet

  • Bald Eagle
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Black Guillemot
  • Laughing Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Great Black-backed Gull
  • Mourning Dove
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Merlin
  • Least Flycatcher
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Philadelphia Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Black-capped Chickadee
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    Yellow-headed Blackbird / © Bryan Pfeiffer

    Red-breasted Nuthatch

  • House Wren
  • Carolina Wren
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • American Robin
  • Gray Catbird
  • Brown Thrasher
  • European Starling
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • Tennessee Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • American Redstart
  • Cape May Warbler
  • Northern Parula
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Palm Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Bobolink
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Pine Siskin
  • American Goldfinch
  1. Bill Thompson says:

    All right, Bryan! You’ve got your Blackburnian this year! 🙂

  2. jayne ollin says:

    Hi Bryan, You’re going to think I may be color blind but that little Philadelphia vireo looks like the bird that was so attached to me last spring, although the one attached it self to me was a little more green…I had said it was emerald green but now that I see this bird I realize I should have said “sap” as in the Windsor Newton Water Color Series, or spring green. Do they have a spring coat that tends to be a little more brilliant?
    jayne ollin

    • Bryan says:

      Hi Jayne, Possible but unlikely. They’re REALLY rare in Vermont in the spring. More common out here in the fall. They can actually be duller in spring. Go figure!

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