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Cape May Warbler

Posted on May 10, 2015

This male Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina) is hidden in the very tops of this oak tree, its bright and vibrant yellow, orange and brown shades somehow camouflaged in the growing leaves and glowing sunlight. The easiest way to “spot” this bird was to hear its voice, but even the song of the species is a high-pitched, thin and quick little tune. These record photos are actually past record shots of a bird that I heard moments after waking up, with it in the always helpful oak outside my window. Being half awake I was not fully processing what I was hearing among a chorus of calls, but once I was coherent I quickly realized that a heck of a yard bird was visiting me. I would be happy to see just one like this during spring migration this year!

Cape May Warbler Oak Tree-1110749

Cape May Warbler Oak Tree-1110750

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator