Spring Warbler Quiz (Eastern)

I thought I’d do something different this month. Before I get there I must mention that those of us in Atlantic Canada have a hard time believing that it really was the first day of Spring a few days ago. Nevertheless, I went back through ebird to find when species were first coming to where I live in New Brunswick (Woodstock) last Spring. I’m skeptical some will come as early since there is still so much snow here, but you never know!

April 3 – Killdeer and American Robin

April 6 – Wood Duck and Canada Goose

April 11 AM – Eastern Phoebe and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

April 11 PM – Palm Warbler, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, and Savannah Sparrow

April 12 – Tree Swallow

April 13 – Osprey and Northern Harrier

April 22 – Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Yellow-rumped Warbler

I was the first in NB to see quite a few of these species last year because I traveled thirty minutes to work every day. This year I’m only two minutes away so I’ll have to make a point to do some searching for spring migrants this year.

I’d be curious to know what April looks like in other parts of Canada. Hopefully those of you reading from other provinces will share!


Next I thought I’d include photos of various warbler species that we get here in New Brunswick. This is a nice way to get ready for Spring and is something to look forward when you look outside and see so much snow. This isn’t too hard as all the pictures are of males and that is what will be arriving here first anyway so its great practice.

Please comment and guess what you think each warbler is. I’ll post the answers in a week or two and will include some hints if I need to. The pictures aren’t the greatest on purpose and some are more obvious than others, good luck!


Spring Warbler Quiz (8 different species)











Until next time,

Nathan Staples


About Nathan Staples

I am a public school teacher who has always lived in New Brunswick. My wife and I have three boys who love to watch birds nearly as much as I do. We currently live in the province's oldest town, Woodstock.
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5 Responses to Spring Warbler Quiz (Eastern)

  1. Ok JC, all 7 of your guesses were correct! The last one is a Black-throated Green Warbler. Thanks again for guessing!

  2. Nice, I’ll have to check out that app!

  3. JC says:

    I normally use Sibley or National Geographic but I used the updated iBird Canada app on my phone for this.

  4. Thanks for guessing JC! I was hoping that someone would from Western Canada. I’d like to try a Western version of this! You did very well with your guesses. I won’t say exactly how well just yet. #8 is a funny angle. I usually delete pictures like that, but I started to save a few for learning opportunities like this. Did you use a specific book for reference to help you with each guess?

  5. JC says:

    I am from Western Canada and by far no authority on warblers so this was a fun quiz for me. Thanks for posting.

    1. BAWW
    2. AMRE
    3. BTBW?
    4. MOWA
    5. YRWA
    6. CSWA?
    7. MAWA?
    8. ?