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Bird of the Week #5

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 9:50 AM

School has arrived! School may just be a blogger's worst nightmare. However being homeschooled I am able to spend more time on this website than I would otherwise be able to. Please forgive me for not being on time. As my fall schedule is fixed in place more, I will be regular on this site.

This week's bird of the week, and the last mystery bird is the Pine Warbler. The Pine Warbler is a stunning little bird with a curious expression, though it is devilishly quick. Photographing it is a real pain, but very rewarding! As its name would suggest, it keeps to evergreens more often than not, but there are plenty of Pine Warblers to be found in a deciduous forest. It frequents suet feeders, and in North America is most often seen in migration in spring and fall. The male strings bubbling, monotonic, but musical notes into a sweet song, which can be heard in heaps along its northward migration and in its breeding grounds.

Pine Warbler

Setophaga pinus

Shape: small and rather pot-bellied; with a long, forked tail and thin, dark bill.

Color Pattern: male in spring is bright yellow on the breast and head, peaking in vibrance toward the throat; dull gray below with bright wing-bars. Female, immature, and nonbreeding birds of all ages are duller yellow, sometimes greenish, holding same pattern as spring male.

Habitat: coniferous and sometimes deciduous forests; visiting open yards and thickets on migration.

Voice: male's song is a long trill, lasting several seconds on a single tone, but it is slower and sweeter than the trills of the Chipping Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, etc. Its common call is a short, musical, chip note.

Photos and text by Davey Walters. Copyright 2014.

Categories: birds, Bird of the Week, photography

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