Here are some of the coolest looking birds you will see:
Although we don’t find tropical plants in Minnesota, these bird species are named after a tropical plant, “Palm,” which raises their families in the state’s northern regions. It is a small songbird that belongs to the New World warbler family
Palm Warbler is a dull brownish bird with distinctive yellow under the throat and tail. In Minnesota, these birds breed in bogs and areas with thick ground cover and evergreen trees in the boreal forest. Palm Warblers stop in weedy fields, fence rows, forest edges, and other areas with shrubs and trees during migration.
Palm Warblers play a significant role in maintaining the food chain in Northern American regions, including Minnesota. These birds eat insects, such as caterpillars, flies, and beetles, and consume hawthorn, sea grape, bayberry, and seeds during the winter.
Although these birds pick insects from the ground or low tree branches, research highlights that they can also catch some insects in midair. Palm Warbler’s size is 4.9-5.7 inches in length and 0.34-0.37 oz. in mass.
Get a pair of binoculars to see them better from a distance.
Birding hotspots in Minnesota are:
- Hawk Ridge
- Sax-Zim Bog
- Felton Prairie
- Lost River State Forest
- Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
- Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
- Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge
- Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge
- Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
- Minnesota Valley River Birding Trail