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Male Prairie Warbler. Prairie Warblers are a common breeding bird in this area, usually arriving in late April. Look for the males singing on the top of small trees, especially cedars, on sunny mornings in field and along roads. They are easy to find in the trees along River Road out past Seneca and at the Occoquan Refuge in Virginia.

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Spring Songbirds Arriving Now

Local bird groups and bird walks help beginning birders see colorful birds.

The birds are coming. The annual migration of often brightly colored songbirds from their winter homes in Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean Islands, and the southern U.S. is underway now. Millions and millions of avian migrants fly northward every night and the come down to rest or nest every morning. Some of the birds are enroute to nesting areas far to the north; some nest right here or nearby.


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