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Chestnut-sided Warbler

Posted on May 16, 2016

The Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) is one of the most unique of our warblers in terms of appearance, though this bird is not quite showing all of that chestnut, black or bold yellow yet. It is likely a first spring male that was still coming into his plumage in early May.

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He was very friendly and cooperative for both photos and prolonged binocular views, allowing a group of birders to enjoy him posing while foraging without the use of any pishing or song playbacks. In my experience the best tactic for spring migratory birding is often just to move slowly, be quiet and whisper if you speak, and dress in clothes that blend into the background. The little songbirds will eventually disregard you entirely, especially on mornings where they are quite hungry, focusing on feeding instead of all those human eyes on them. Good journey to you, pal!

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator