The tiny "zebra bird" that climbs tree trunks like a Nuthatch but has a striped black and white head and back is the latest and lovely warbler to return to New England. The Black and white warbler breeds throughout New England and southern Canada and winters in Mexico and the Caribbean, arriving earlier than many of the other warbler species. They can often be found at or slightly above eye level gleaning insects from the tree bark. Later in the season they can be seen collecting bits of moss for the nest. This habit of climbing up and down tree trunks places them alone in the family, “Mniotilta” or "moss gatherer". Watch and listen for these little striped gems of activity in the woods, along forest edge, and in parks with full grown trees. Listen for the “squeaky wheel” song of the Black and white warbler, like a spot on the wheelbarrow that needs some oil.