Black-throated gray warbler. July 18, 2020George Rogers Clark National Historical ParkVincennes, Ind. More: For the Birds: Killdeer are returning for the fall, More: Evansville man's Wabash journey more than just paddling. Blackburnian warbler. To hear the song of the Northern Parula Warbler, click on the arrow below. This article originally appeared on Evansville Courier & Press: For the Birds: Fall Migration of Northern Parula, Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Near Memphis, a dream deferred for Choctaw people comes true, Health Canada could approve first Covid-19 vaccine in December. Sept. 15, 2019Sandhill crane at Prophetstown State ParkAmericus, Ind. This Northern Parula Warbler was photographed with the Canon 5D Mark IV and the Canon 100-400 II lens. Wonderful wonderful. These little birds are scarcely 3.75" long--smaller than a Carolina Chickadee and barely bigger than a Golden-crowned Kinglet. Today, from my kitchen window, I watched a northern parula — at four-tenths of an ounce one of the smallest warblers — drinking and bathing, then preening on a nearby branch. Bay-breasted warbler. This Northern Parula Warbler was photographed with the Canon 5D Mark IV and the Canon 100-400 II lens. Among standard measurements, the wing chord is 5.1 to 6.5 cm (2.0 to 2.6 in), the tail is 3.7 to 4.5 cm (1.5 to 1.8 in), the bill is 0.8 to 1.1 cm (0.31 to 0.43 in) and the tarsusis 1.5 to 1.8 cm (0.59 to 0.71 in). This bluish gray warbler with yellow highlights breeds in forests laden with Spanish moss or beard lichens, from Florida to the boreal forest, and it's sure to give you "warbler neck." Black-and-white warbler. Northern parula (song) song. It hops through branches bursting with a rising buzzy trill that pinches off at the end. Gehlhausen was near the end of a journey that has seen him paddle 485 miles of the Wabash from its headwaters in Ohio near its border with Indiana. July 5, 2020Orange coneflower at Fairbanks ParkTerre Haute, Ind. Or maybe they'll aim more easterly, crossing the Gulf, wintering on a Caribbean isle. Oct. 18, 2019W.H. Aug. 4, 2020Collapsed railroad bridgeGrayville, Ill. Aug. 4, 2020June Barrett Public Access SiteNew Harmony, Ind. Surely the most awesome spectacle in bird watching is witnessing migration. A small warbler of the upper canopy, the Northern Parula flutters at the edges of branches plucking insects. When I watch migrants splashing at the bubble rock outside my kitchen window, I try to identify with the mind-boggling journey these birds are undertaking. Aug. 6, 2020Wabash River Memorial Bridge IN-62Mount Vernon, Ind. Sept. 9, 2017Great egret at J. Edward Roush LakeHuntington, Ind. July 5, 2020Watermark Landing at Fairbanks ParkTerre Haute, Ind. Aug. 6, 2020Buzzard Bar, the westernmost point in IndianaNew Haven, Ill. Aug. 6, 2020Cooking dinner at Buzzard BarNew Haven, Ill. Aug. 6, 2020Campsite at Buzzard BarNew Haven, Ill. Aug. 7, 2020Clements Bridge, barge and great blue heronOld Shawneetown, Ill. Aug. 7, 2020End of the journeyOld Shawneetown, Ill. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. Today, from my kitchen window, I watched a northern parula — at four-tenths of an ounce one of the smallest warblers — drinking and bathing, then preening on a nearby branch. Canada warbler. Sept. 9, 2017Kayak in the Wabash RiverHuntington, Ind. Common yellowthroat. In fact, how does it know how to find food in a habitat entirely different from my backyard? Southern breeders return very early, often by early March, and may be actively nesting while other Parulas are passing through on their way farther north. Sept. 17, 2019Confluence of Bear Creek and Wabash RiverOld Town, Ind. Your email address will not be published. Sept. 10, 2017Hanging Rock National LandmarkLagro, Ind. Keith Gehlhausen paddles past a rock breaking the current of the Wabash River Wednesday afternoon. Now, with family responsibilities over, they're fattening up, preparing to go back home. Like most songbirds, it will fly at night, alone, the adults having gone ahead. Chestnut-sided warbler. Check her website at, follow daily bird activity on Facebook at SharonSorensonBirdLady, or email her at Gehlhausen was nearing the end of his journey down the Wabash. Sept. 3, 2018One of many bridges that cross the Wabash RiverLogansport, Ind. July 5, 2020Bald eagle and silver carpTerre Haute, Ind. This pair will head to Mexico, perhaps venturing into Guatemala. Sept. 16, 2019Great blue heronWest Lafayette, Ind. Length is 10.8 to 12.4 cm (4.3 to 4.9 in), wingspan is 16 to 18 cm (6.3 to 7.1 in) and body mass is 5 to 11 g (0.18 to 0.39 oz). Again, I'll watch them from the kitchen window, drinking, bathing, bugging through the cypress trees, fattening up for the next leg of their journey. Weeks from now, I'll likely see northern parulas again at the bubble rock, but they will be different birds. Alone. Aug. 5, 2020Bridge at Our Lord’s Woods on the grounds of New Harmony InnNew Harmony, Ind. Sept. 14, 2019Iron bridge at Wabash & Erie Canal ParkDelphi, Ind. I was there that very day and am sure this was the most cooperative NP I have ever seen. Edward Roush Lake DamHuntington, Ind. Evansville resident Keith Gehlhausen maneuvers past logs as he explores the mouth of Big Creek in Posey County, Ind., as he nears the end of a 17-mile section of the Wabash River from New Harmony to a ramp at Dogtown Ferry Wednesday afternoon, August 5, 2020. Strays may appear in West at any time of spring or fall. Sharon Sorenson, Special to the Courier & Press, For the Birds: Fall Migration of Northern Parula, Seniors On Medicare Are Getting a Big Pay Day in 2020, Expert: “This credit card is so good I signed up personally”, © Courtesy Keith GehlhausenCourtesy Keith Gehlhausen.