Don Torino’s Latest: Here Come the Warblers!


Don Torino, who leads many of the Meadowlands Commission’s walks with the Bergen County Audubon Society, has a new post on, about the imminent arrival of warblers. (That’s a Palm warbler above; not the twitching tail.)


Don writes: “I pulled up to my local gas station the other day with the call of the Black-and-white Warbler playing on my car CD player. The attendant looked around and asked me if I wanted him to check my fan belt. ‘No thanks, just a squeaky warbler, I said. ‘It’s under warranty.’ Good thing I didn’t have the American Bittern playing or he would have called a tow truck.

“By the time the leaves are on the trees most warbler watching becomes warbler listening. The tiny little marvels can be far up in the canopy or tucked into heavy cover.

“The only way to identify them is by learning their calls. And just so you don’t feel overwhelmed, try to learn just a few calls at a time. If you try to remember all of them, you won’t recall any when you get out into the field. You still have time to begin your warbler call schooling so put those Bruce Springsteen CDs away for a while and get your warbler songs playing.”

The link is here.


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