For me, there is nothing quite as exciting in bird photography as sitting in a photo blind and listening to the sweet sound of flowing water. When spring has sprung, I know that this beautiful sound will bring with it the birds I love to photograph the most. The arrival of spring in the United States also means the arrival of our neotropical migrants as they return from south of the border.
The color, beauty, and diversity of North America’s migrant passerines are hard to match. Our warblers, tanagers, orioles, thrushes, vireos, buntings, flycatchers, grosbeaks, and many others travel hundreds or thousands of miles from their southern wintering areas to their northern breeding grounds and then back again. During migration, they need important stopover areas to feed and rest so they can refuel their energy supply and continue their journey. By knowing where and when to anticipate these tired and hungry migrants, you can easily set up a portable water-drip system and hope to photograph some of them along their northbound journeys.