Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Yellow-throated Warbler (rare bird in Maine)

Photo taken through the kitchen window so as not so spook the bird.
Wowee! Our first sighting of a Yellow-throated Warbler (Dendroica dominica) was today, and it was at our suet feeder. I know this isn't the best photo, but it was getting dark outside, and I was hand-holding the camera whilst balancing on tiptoes, and leaning over the kitchen sink to focus through the kitchen window. At least it is a recognizable photo;-) If I see it tomorrow, I'll try to get outside and sneak a few sharper photos of it.
This warbler should be in south Florida by now.
I think this individual is in its first winter as I see a tiny bit of yellow in the supraloral area of its face.
The warbler had a few words with the downy woodpecker.
The downy woodpecker was waiting patiently for the warbler to finish its meal.
The warbler got nervous and flew away!
In referencing my Sibley Guide to Birds, copyright 2000, Yellow-throated warblers were rare in Maine. Of course, this book was written 15 years ago. It looks like they were common up to around New Jersey, and wintered in south Florida and were found coastally up through North Carolina all year long. "Yellow-throated is found in mixed pine and broadleaf woods near water." Sibley, David A. National Audubon Society - The Sibley Guide to Birds. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000. Print.

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