Featured in Songbirds of North America – August 9, 2009
Featured in Canadiana – June 2, 2009
Top 10 Placement in challenge in Canadiana – June 2, 2009
We would like to think/hope this little guy is the one we saved the other day when it hit the window of the house. Our windows are situated in such a way so close to trees that birds often hit them seeing the reflection of the tree in the glass. The secondary photo is the little bird that lived after such a trauma.
The Cape May Warbler breeds across the boreal forest of Canada and the northern United States, where the fortunes of its populations are largely tied to the availability of spruce budworms, its preferred food. Striking in appearance but poorly understood, the species spends its winters in the West Indies, collecting nectar with its unique curled, semitubular tongue.
Breeding (Alternate) Plumage: Chestnut or orange-brown cheek patches, contrasting with bright yellow sides of neck. Throat and breast yellow with crisp black streaks. Rump bright yellow. Crown and nape blackish. Narrow black stripe through eye. Back olive with black streaking. Large white patch in wing. White under tail. Nonbreeding (Basic) Plumage: Duller overall, with less distinct facial markings.
Breeding (Alternate) Plumage: Head and back olive-gray. Sides of neck, throat, and breast pale yellow. Streaks on breast and sides narrow and gray. Rump yellow. Two wing bars on each wing. Nonbreeding (Basic) Plumage: Duller and less olive. Streaking less distinct.
Similar to adult. Immature females may be extremely dull gray overall, with only a hint of yellow on the rump.
Canon 50D; Sigma 150-500mm lens
Shutter speed 1/664
Lens Aperture F/9.9
Focal length 500 mm
Exposure Time 1/640