Thursday, June 21, 2007

Hooded Warbler Revisited

We may have solved part of the mystery behind the behavior of the male Hooded Warbler (Wilsonia citrina) we highlighted in our May 16th log. While outside attempting to identify red berries on a vine high outside our window at the Audubon Center at the Francis Beidler Forest, we discovered an intact nest (see images).

The Hooded Warbler nest is described as built on a base of dead leaves, made of bark and dried plant material, lined with fine materials like black rootlets or hair, and often fastened with spider silk to very slight support. Looks like we have a winner! As the nest is less than 15 feet from the office windows the male was attacking, it is not surprising that he was upset to "see" a rival male!

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