Cross Post: Research Year Two: Three Photos

Male Common Yellowthroat Warbler

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The field season has officially started in Northern NH!

Male Common Yellowthroat warbler (COYE):¬† ¬†This fellow is defending a small territory in a patch of open thicket.¬† ¬†These warblers rely on early succession forest- patches of substrate that haven’t¬† really grown in yet- to build cryptic, ground-level nests.¬† They develop complex systems to divert/confuse predators away from their nests.


Female Black-throated Blue Warbler (BTBW):¬† I was lucky to see this female.¬† ¬†She is paired with a male who defends a large mature forest territory.¬† ¬†They have quite a few BTBW neighbors, which makes for a lot of skirmishes among the males over land.¬† The females are often silent and move very fast…

Male Mourning Warbler (MOWA):¬† This is a rare bird here.¬† ¬†Even more amazing, it is defending a territory in our research site- and trying to chase out a male COYE while doing so.¬† The two species “share” resources, which means thy can’t stand each other.¬† ¬†ūüôā¬† ¬†Each time the male COYE sings near the MOWA, it gets berated and chased away- and vice versa.¬† ¬†It appears the COYE isn’t budging either, probably because it hasn’t had this domestic, neighborly problem before.


Female Black-throated Blue Warbler
Male Mourning Warbler

Birding at Plumb Island!

While somewhat of a historical entry: (repost)

Below are some of the few photos I took while birding on may 5, 2018- GLOBAL BIG DAY!  Be sure to read about it here:

Myself and my father contributed 64 species, including the below Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Female Northern waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat warbler, and  Northern Parula.

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