Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Yellow-throated Warbler

These photographs are not the most stellar of a Yellow-throated Warbler, but do show why colonial ornithologist Mark Catesby (1682-1749) called it the Yellow-throated Creeper. This and two other Yellow-throated Warblers worked their way through the high canopy of trees around the gift shop parking lot at Whitewater State Park in southeastern Minnesota on 21 June 2014. Little is known about Yellow-throated Warbler breeding biology because of its treetop habitat.

About a half-dozen records have been reported in Minnesota this year for this denizen of the American Southeast. For unknown reasons, this warbler’s range shrunk in the early 1900s. Now the breeding range is again expanding north (McKay and Hall 2012).

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