Monday, December 29, 2008

A Townsend's Warbler feeding

Today a series of pics showing a female Townsend’s Warbler feeding in an oak, before sunrise.

Townsend’s Warbler is, after Wilson’s Warbler, the most common species in our flocks here. In these parts, Wilson’s Warblers seem to be everywhere, and are opportunistic flock members. They will move with the flock if there happens to be one in the area. But we find plenty of them outside mixed warbler flocks. Townsend’s Warblers, however, are usually not found outside the flocks.

Townsend’s Warbler, a common breeder in Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and southern Alaska, winters in two distinct geographical areas. Coastal populations winter in coastal Washington, Oregon and California, while interior populations winter from northern Mexico south to northern Nicaragua. In the northern part of this interior winter range, it is often the most common species in mixed warbler flocks.

It is certainly more numerous here in Chiapas than it is in Honduras.

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