Featured in The World As We See It, or as we missed it – June 20, 2010
Featured in Closeups in Nature – May 25, 2010
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 XSi with 75-300mm lens, f/8, 1/400sec, ISO-200, 300mm
Photographed in a friend’s backyard in Anola, Manitoba, Canada.