Monday, April 28, 2014

Palm Warbler

Interested in bird watching?  Try a garden cemetery.  Our nearby cemetery contains two ponds with abundant fish and invertebrates, trees and shrubs, so it's a haven for birds, especially migrating warblers. Today's find: beautiful palm warblers (Setophaga palmarum).

Palm Warbler - a ground feeder

This stunning little bird with its bright yellow and olive body and rusty cap has just spent the winter in the southern United States, probably in Florida.  It's on its way to Canada where it will spend the summer breeding. By October, palm warblers are headed south for the winter.

There is also another subspecies of palm warbler, the Western Palm Warbler which is a duller brown color with white underparts.

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