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Photo gallery: 10 shots of beautiful spring migrants

More and more contributors to our galleries have posted photos of migrant birds they’ve spotted during spring. We love seeing them all! Here are 10 of our favorites.

Cerulean Warbler


Joshua Clark found this sky-blue Cerulean Warbler in mid-April at Shawnee State Park in Ohio. The species is one of high conservation concern due to its small, fast-declining population and habitat loss.

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Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler

Jim Buescher took this photo of a Pine Warbler perched among pine needles on April 19 in Shawnee State Forest, the largest state forest in Ohio.

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Rufous Hummingbird


A winner of our Photo of the Week Contest, Mark Schmitt of Wofford Heights, California, shot this picture of a male Rufous Hummingbird at his feeder on April 22.

See Mark’s winning photo of a Golden Eagle and its chicks.

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Scarlet Tanager


Jeff Cole found this fire-engine-red Scarlet Tanager in late April at Peveto Woods Bird Sanctuary in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

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Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee is a secretive sparrow of the eastern states and provinces. Females have a brown head and back while males, like this bird, have a black head and back. Lenny Beck took the photo on April 22 at Shawnee Lookout Park in Hamilton County, Ohio.

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Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

This Prothonotary Warbler was a life bird for Jonathan Hoiles. He photographed it on April 23 at Wooton’s Landing Wetland Park in Harwood, Maryland.

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Tree Swallow


If you’ve watched Tree Swallows zipping around open areas or wetlands, you know they fly fast. That’s why this photo, taken by Kim Caruso on April 26 in Topsfield, Massachusetts, is such a treat. We love seeing the bird’s wings up and its feet tucked in tight as it sails by.

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Piping Plover


A Piping Plover walks on the beach in March at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park in New Jersey. Harry Collins photographed the shorebird.

Compare six photos of North America’s plovers.

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Western Tanager


Mary Welty spotted this male Western Tanager on April 20 in her Temecula, California, yard.

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White-eyed Vireo


A White-eyed Vireo stops on a branch just long enough for a photo. Brad Watson got the shot on April 17 on a ranch in South Texas.

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