Myrtle Warbler

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Myrtle Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

Myrtle Warbler

Myrtle warblers are tiny mites that liven up the trees and shrubs in the spring migration.  Traveling in small flocks, they seem to be constantly in motion.   flitting from branch to branch searching for small insects and their eggs.   Like flycatchers, they snap up larger bugs on the wing.  To a quiet observer, they seem trusting birds often singing at close range.

Some winter as far north as the New England coast, wherever bayberry thickets offer fruit and shelter, and others move on to the southern states.  From these wintering grounds they migrate to nesting grounds in the evergreen forest of the northern states and Canada.  In their fall flight south, they seem subdued, the bright yellow on the crown and flanks having disappeared, and the lemon colored rump the only remaining brilliant.


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