Sunday, April 18, 2010

Worm-eating Warbler

My husband heard a loud "thump" on our front door.  He opened the door to see who had knocked.  Unfortunately, this lovely little Worm-eating Warbler, Helmintheros vermivorus, was on the stoop.  These birds do not dwell in Galveston County, they migrate through.  I had never seen a bird like this before and had to reach for my guide book to identify him.   I figure he had finished his winter stint in Mexico or Central America and was enroute to a northern state.  Perhaps he had paused to scratch in our yard for beetles and spiders.  Maybe the reflections on our door were confusing and he thought he was flying into the sky.  Poor guy.  I can report that after resting for about 15 minutes, he did fly away.  We wish him well. 

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