Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Vocally-challenged Hooded Warbler

Last year, expert birders spent 20 minutes or more trying to figure out what bird was singing just beyond the nature center at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest. We would explain that it was a Hooded Warbler (Wilsonia citrina), but the experts would say that we were wrong and they would continue trying to identify the unknown species. Well, the vocally-challenged Hooded Warbler has returned to its territory between #1 and #2 along the 1.75-mile boardwalk.

Come to Beidler Forest and see if the Hooded Warbler will stump you! While you are here, you'll see dozens of Prothonotary Warblers (Protonotaria citrea), including more than a dozen banded as part of Project PROTHO, Black-and-white Warblers (Mniotilta varia), Parula Warblers (Parula americana) , Great-crested Flycatchers (Myiarchus crinitus), Blue-gray Gnatcatchers (Polioptila caerulea) , and Yellow-crowned Night Herons (Nyctanassa violacea).

Image by Mark Musselman

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