Saturday, May 11, 2013

Blackburnian Warbler

The male Blackburnian Warbler is among the most striking of North American birds (see also this August 2010 post)—but, hey, this female banded on Friday, 10 May, is not too shabby! Actually, it is a bit strange to band a female of this species earlier than a male. Males usually arrive at their breeding grounds at least a week before their mates (Morse 2004). I assume that our 2013, weather-delayed migration may be the cause of this anomaly.

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