Monday, April 24, 2017

Warbler Neck

"Western/Brown" Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum palmarum
"Eastern/Yellow" Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea
  Two Palm Warblers were present at the Westmount Summit this afternoon - they tail-bobbed their way through the treetops, giving me my first case of 'Warbler Neck' of the year. So much for being a 'ground loving' bird, ha ha. 
  Interestingly, one was a Western breeder (with yellow only on the throat and undertail coverts), and the other an Eastern breeder (showing yellow through the face and underparts). Sibley has the 'Eastern' breeding in Québec, while the 'Western' breeds west of Hudson Bay, but does migrate through Québec (and the winter ranges of both overlap in northern Florida).  While the peak migration for the two subspecies differs by about a month, there is a window where both are on the move, and apparently the two are seen together with regularity.  I think it's all super neat, in the nerdiest of ways.  
 Still no Yellow-rumped Warblers or Blue-headed Vireos, hopefully they'll show up within the week.

Westmount Summit, April 24, 2017
Turkey Vulture-1
(Merlin-1 heard in NDG)
Ring-billed Gull-2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-2
Downy Woodpecker-2
Hairy Woodpecker-1
Northern Flicker-1
Pileated Woodpecker-1 heard
(Eastern Phoebe-1 at a site near the summit)
American Crow-2
Black-capped Chickadee-5
Brown Creeper-5+
White-breasted Nuthatch-3
Winter Wren-1 near the entrance paths
Golden-crowned Kinglet-2
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet-30+
Hermit Thrush-5+ near the entrance paths
American Robin-4
Palm Warbler-2 high in the trees near the entrance paths, moved west along Summit Circle
Northern Cardinal-2
Chipping Sparrow-2
Song Sparrow-3
Fox Sparrow-3 below the lookout
White-throated Sparrow-3 below the lookout
Dark-eyed Junco-6+

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