Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Magnolia Warbler

As you can see in this photograph, I banded this wind-blown Magnolia Warbler during yesterday's winds. Alexander Wilson discovered this species in 1810 in a Mississippi magnolia tree.  He named it the Black-and-yellow Warbler.  This warbler is a common nesting bird near the ground in spruce and Eastern Hemlock. Populations appear to be stable (Dunn and Hall 2010).  For the first time ever,  I missed seeing a Magnolia Warbler this spring (although I stood along side two companions who saw one that I could not find).  Despite this bird's being in drab fall plumage, the species is relatively easy to identify if you can see the broad, incomplete, white band near the base of its tail.

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