11 August 2013 – Black-and-White Warbler

 

DSCF3869

The official start to fall migration began this morning with a beautiful ASY male Black-and-White Warbler.  He had no visible fat and I found him on a south face to the building but approaching mid-August it’s difficult to imagine him as a local disperser rather than a fall migrant.  Here’s the odd place he showed up:

Screen shot 2013-08-11 at 8.43.52 AM

I noticed him from some distance away.  I was thinking this morning how even an errant leaf catches my eye.  My detection rate is lower than 100%, but not by much.

DSCF3866

See him?

DSCF3868

DSCF3871 DSCF3872

Birders not used to seeing Black-and-Whites in the fall can be distracted by the white throats of adult males and misidentify a bird like this as female.  The one character that only the adult males possess in all plumages is, however, evident on this guy:  black auriculars (“cheek patch”).

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s