Monday, May 1, 2017

Palm Warbler

Like Yellow-rumped Warblers, Palm Warblers winter along our southeastern coasts. Thus they are one of the first warblers here in Minnesota. In Canada and the northern United States, this warbler breeds in bogs and fens. The bird owes its name to its being discovered in Hispaniola, where palm trees are more common than in northern swamps. 
Unlike most of our warblers, Palm Warblers often feed on the ground. Males and females have similar plumage.The first two birds fed among dandelions in a freshly cut lawn at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on 28 April 2017. Note that Yellow-rumped Warblers are not the only bird with a yellowish rump. The third photo is one left over from last year, taken at the River Bend Nature Center on 14 May 2016.

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