April 12, 2013

Warblers return to New England – the Pine warbler

Songbird migration is like the shaking of an enormous snow globe in which the plastic chips have been replaced by songbirds. One of the first tiny flecks of yellow to settle into the treetops of New England is the Pine warbler. An inconspicuous, unembellished little bird with canary yellow bellow and a dusty green and grey back, they are aptly named and spend the day catching insects from the tops of conifers. Two white wing bars and a loud monotone song are subtle giveaways to identifying the Pine warbler. Listen for the slurry trill from high in the tree tops  , a much less mechanical song than the insect like buzz of the Chipping sparrow.

1 comment:

Steve Mossberg said...

Thanks for the post! I saw about twenty pine warblers flitting about in some conifers at Walden pond today. I'd never seen one before so I did a search and your blog came up.

bio and contact

My photo
is an educator, bird watcher, and writer fascinated by the intersections of place, people, nature, and culture. He works for Mass Audubon and lives in the heart of Massachusetts. For questions or comments please contact: alexanderjosephdunn@gmail.com

Schedule Alex for a field trip, lecture or classroom visit

Enter your email address to receive notifcations when new posts are published:

Delivered by FeedBurner