Thursday, August 12, 2010

Blackburnian Warbler

This noon I caught the first CFW (Confusing Fall Warbler) of the season.  I had hoped to share with you the brilliant birds of spring, but the migration proved to be poor.  The field marks for this first-year female Blackburnian Warbler include the dark cheek patches, white wing bars, and streaked sides.  Older birds will show more of an orange-yellow color on their throats, although not as intense as the neon orange or yellow of spring birds (like the male bird below).  Blackburnian Warblers winter from Panama through northern South America.

1 comment:

  1. Dan,
    I had the first of the CFWs yesterday in the birch in the front yard. There were two that I think were yellows, but they are devilishly hard to decide on ID even with help of Sibley and Peterson.
    Still waiting to see hummingbirds in migration here on the edge of the Black Hills, if they are around, they are stealthy.