That ID is based on the auburn sides/flanks and the equally orange-tinge seen in the tail. I'm Interestingly, before the species leaves our area, you may hear them singing now (April), in suitable habitat, if you're birding where selected trees and/or forested areas occur. The Hooded Warbler flits through shrubby understories in eastern forests, flicking its tail to show off its white tail feathers. According to Jon Dunn and Kimball Garrett's "Warbler" field guide, subtle variations in the pitch (frequency level) of the call notes help distinguish an Audubon's vs. a Myrtle's subspecies (in addition, of course, to assessing their different field marks). Epitaph I'm sorry to write: Rest In Peace, pop quizzes....I enjoyed posing them to my blog's readers for 10 years. It is migratory, wintering in Central America and the West Indies. That is to say, McGillivray's is indeed present as a breeder, but only locally common in suitable habitat, such as within Mitchell Canyon in the Clayton/Walnut Creek-based Mt. The "eastern" wood-warbler photographed on 5/26/07 near Dyer, NV is a female Black-Throated Blue Warbler. But those flashes are not the only thing that will draw your attention. Next to the Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Common Yellowthroat is the next most likely non-breeding season wood-warbler to overwinter in extreme, northern latitude states, especially if a micro-habitat or mild winter exists. wood-warblers? The black eye stands out on the yellow cheek. . In the forest undergrowth, this skulking warbler seems to call attention to itself by frequently fanning its tail quickly open and shut, flashing the white outer tail feathers. (Photo credit: Martin Meyers ©), Canoeing Fun is one of many workshops/activities you can attend at the Festival, AFTER you come on my "wood-warbler" birding outing :-), Is this species of wood-warbler the correct answer to the quiz (below)? (photo credit © Martin Meyers). Compared to other warblers, they are fairly heavy-bodied and thick-necked. Diablo State Park.) Unlike the two other subspecies, this West Coast subspecies displays an interesting behavior: males may entertain more than one female at high altitudes, thereby ensuring the greater sharing of the species' gene pool in response to uncertain and extreme weather conditions present at high elevations. Got wood-warbler questions? The female varies from having no black to having a pattern similar to that of adult male. By the way, my upcoming new adult college birding class is featured at: — in our world more fascinating Generally a bird of the understory in mature forest, often around patches of rhododendron. Confusing Fall Warblers? Photo: Martin Meyers ©, Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites - All Sites, Birding Facts Birding Resources by the Fat Birder, WarblerWatch (Daniel Edelstein's Web Site). Among various field marks, a good distinguishing one is the small white spot on the secondary feathers, although this tiny white area is absent on a hatch year individual. Interestingly, young and adult birds in low elevation sites leave breeding territories before the start of prebasic molt (after the breeding season) and presumably move to higher elevations to molt. who ponders: birding instructor At least two singing female wood-warbler species occur. Adult males have a bright yellow face encircled by a black hood and bib. Meyers unless otherwise noted.) And the lovely American Redstart exhibits a flashy behavior that includes rapid tail fanning and wing spreading, another species I’ve had the pleasure of observing in its natural habitat. (Photo credit: Martin Meyers ©), A winter resident in northern California (where I live), Townsend's Warbler (Dendroica townsendi) populations leave to breed elsewhere, including northern latitudes as far away as Alaska. Rather small, yellow warbler that habitually flashes its white outer tail feathers. Most similar to Wilson's Warbler; always look for white in the tail on Hooded. is one of the four subspecies of Audubon's Yellow-Rumped Warbler, while another two are considered "Myrtle's" Yellow-Rumped Warbler. ), so here’s a little cheat sheet to help you remember which common warbler species … In terms of length, a Hooded Warbler has a relatively long tail, while a Prothonotary has a shorter tail. . Males have distinctive black hood with yellow face; females duller with only a shadow of hood (some lack it completely). Redstart. Results of his experiment indicated that Hooded Warbler individuals with darkened tails had significantly lower prey attack rates and delivered significantly less food to nestlings than did birds with normal, unchanged tail feathers. Photo: Martin Meyers ©, Unlike some breeding seasons when this species is ONLY documented to be breeding within as many as six Michigan counties, in 2007 and 2008 Kirtland's Warbler was found breeding at sites in Wisconsin by professionals who monitored and, thus, confirmed its presence. Yes, but it's only half the answer. Warbler Identification Tips. Palm Warblers and Waterthrushes habitually pump their tails as if they’re perpetually off balance. Hooded warblers are very rare vagrants to western Europe. Long-term downward population trends are evident in Breeding Bird Survey data suggesting this species is uncommon to rare in former parts of its range where it was once common to abundant.