McGill Bird Observatory (QC), May 2010, A more typical SY female tail in terms of shape, but this time with no brown edging blackish greater coverts and distinctly brown secondaries (and the same contrast McGill Bird Observatory (QC), October 2010, A more typical HY wing, in which the greater coverts have all been replaced during the McGill Bird Observatory (QC), May 2007. all within the greater coverts, as the outermost feather in that tract is still a juvenile feather, Upperparts bluish gray, often tinged brownish; blackish auricular; white throat; black uppertail coverts with mostly blue edging; often three generations of feathers among the greater and primary coverts. However, there is enough variability in various age/sex classes that the wing and tail (and skull if possible) usually need to be viewed to be confident with ageing and sexing. Can winter farther north than most warblers because it can digest the wax in berry coatings. feathers visible, as all formative feathers have been replaced. Photo by Marcel Gahbauer, ASY females also have pale silvery edging to the relatively broad and rounded primary coverts. The first big influx occurred on 4 October (142 birds). The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird. McGill Bird Observatory (QC), May 2007, A closer view, highlighting an example where all greater coverts appear to have been Additionally, AHY males are the only age/sex class in fall to sometimes have traces of black in the lores or auricular. Yellow-rumped Warbler was the result of the lumping of forms formerly known as "Myrtle Warbler" and "Audubon's Warbler" in 1973 (according to Kaufmann, they were lumped because the two species were known to interbreed in a zone in southwestern Alberta, Canada). uppertail An ASY male Myrtle Warbler with blackish rectrices that are broad and rounded and have It is an occasional vagrant to the British Isles and Iceland. coverts that are almost entirely black, with a bit of gray-blue edging. 4-5, sometimes only 3. McGill Bird Observatory (QC), October 2010, Another HY male wing, highlighting how dull and relatively pale the juvenile feathers of Introductory notes: The Photo by Manon Dub�, McGill Bird Observatory (QC), May 2010, Another ASY female Myrtle Warbler, with a bit more white on r4. Both have bright yellow rumps. Membership benefits include one year of Audubon magazine and the latest on birds and their habitats. McGill Bird Observatory (QC), September 2005, An HY female Myrtle Warbler with intermediate tail shape, but fairly extensive brown McGill Bird Observatory (QC), October 2005. plumage visible on the wings. The city has a growing green canopy, but its benefits aren't equally distributed. The first Myrtle Warbler was caught on 21 September (1 bird). in particular the brownish and frayed tertials, in contrast with the alternate greater coverts. OVERVIEW, JUL - DEC:  hatch-year � 2002- The Can This Critically Endangered Bird Survive Australia's New Climate Reality? coverts, and white limited to just the two outermost rectrices. and the slightly darker and fresher inner alternate greater coverts; contrasting with the formative greater coverts to the left, as well as the replaced formative McGill Bird Observatory (QC), October 2010, JUL - DEC:  after-hatch-year McGill Bird Observatory (QC), September 2005. Migration Research Foundation Inc. Upperparts bluish gray; bright yellow crown patch; black auricular; white Photo by Peter Pyle, Big Sur Ornithology Lab (CA), April 2005. There is usually a contrast between the dark gray inner greater coverts and the browner, relatively worn tertials. A typical AHY female Myrtle Warbler, largely brownish, but with some blue-gray on the wing. The uppertail coverts of ASY females have moderately to very wide black centres with largely blue-gray edging, but usually also some brown. McGill Bird Observatory (QC), October 2005, This AHY male has a somewhat browner appearance overall, but still has traces of males with a similar colour pattern based on shape. Photo by Marcel Gahbauer, In the fall, large waves of migrants leave the Cascades and more northerly habitats and arrive in the eastern Washington lowlands. Photo by Marcel Gahbauer, Photo by Marcel Gahbauer, greater coverts that were replaced during the preformative molt, and the paler block of McGill Bird Observatory (QC), October 2010, A closer view, highlighting the shape and edging of the primary coverts. and the facial mask blackish rather than the solid black typical of ASY males. They may have as much yellow on the breast as some AHY males, though generally lack it on the crown. McGill Bird Observatory (QC), May 2008, A closer view of an ASY male wing, again showing broad and rounded greater coverts Photos by Marcel Gahbauer, Photo by Marcel Gahbauer, McGill Bird Observatory (QC), October 2010, Another AHY female Myrtle Warbler, this one with a bit of yellow retained on the breast. black and with barely any brown along the edge, which is relatively uncommon for females. McGill Bird Observatory (QC), October 2010, Another AHY male Myrtle Warbler, highlighting the shape and edging of the primary coverts. Audubon's Warbler: in the west has a yellow throat and male has no contrasting cheek patch. McGill Bird Observatory (QC), September 2009, An easier HY female to identify, by virtue of the outermost juvenile greater covert being Note Audubon's Warblers are similar in appearance, the most noticeable Our email newsletter shares the latest programs and initiatives. The primary coverts are generally brownish with minimal beige edging. HY males often have some white extending to r4, but in some cases it is limited to r5 and r6. Searches among twigs and leaves, and will hover while taking insects from foliage. differences being the yellow instead of white throat, as well as more white on the wings and the lack of a pale supercilium or distinct facial mask. The first Myrtle Warbler was caught on 21 September (1 bird). Photo by Marcel Gahbauer, Less than 10 were caught daily until 1 October (23 birds). McGill Bird Observatory (QC), October 2010. Normally 2 broods per year. coverts, and white patches on the three outermost rectrices. Ohio migration fact: The Myrtle Warbler is one of the first warblers to come through the Navarre Marsh Banding Station in the spring! The primary coverts are generally dull with minimal beige edging. AHY females can appear quite similar to HY males, and a good look at the wing and tail may be required to separate them. The tail of an ASY female Myrtle Warbler, showing broad and rounded rectrices with a fair Dark wings with two white bars. SY female Yellow-rumped Warblers are on average the dullest age/sex class, often with a fair amount of brown on the head and back. gray-blue in the lesser and median coverts. No warbler species migrated through the area in such consistently large numbers as did the Myrtle Warbler, and none had a more prolonged spring or fall migration. edging, as is characteristic of all age/sex classes for Audubon's Warbler. McGill Bird Observatory (QC), April 2008, A pale SY male, with a grayish facial mask and a fair amount of brown on the back. Whereas most warbler species feed primarily on insects, this species has adapted to also eat the berries of southern wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera) which appears both throughout the village and the dunes. Photo by Marcel Gahbauer, We protect birds and the places they need. Banff National Park (QC), May 2007. Brownish and streaked, with relatively dull and uniform wings. A typical AHY male Myrtle Warbler wing, dark overall, with the primary coverts broad and Myrtle Warblers were common throughout the remainder of October, the minimum catch being 14 birds on 26 October. McGill Bird Observatory (QC), October 2010, Another AHY female, with somewhat more black on the uppertail coverts, but with the ASY males have a generally bluish-gray wing, lacking brown. replaced during the prealternate molt. A Myrtle race Yellow-rumped Warbler, Setophaga coronata, in Fall plumage, perched on a mossy log at a pond in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada ID: KCKF32 (RF) Photo by Marcel Gahbauer, McGill Bird Observatory (QC), May 2010, A typical SY male Myrtle Warbler, with small patches of brown on the back and crown, Bald Eagle. The. as well as on the back and wings, and distinct yellow patches on the breast and crown. Photo by Peter Pyle, McGill Bird Observatory (QC), October 2010, Another AHY male Myrtle Warbler, this one showing black uppertail coverts with Among warblers it is one of the last to leave North America in the fall, and among the first to return. Audubon's McGill Bird Observatory (QC), May 2008. In West, breeds up to 12,000' in mountain conifer forests. occurring among the tertials), as well as the brown primary coverts lacking edging. Photo by Marcel Gahbauer, adjacent formative greater A new global study finds that species willing and able to try new foods or forage creatively have a lower risk of extinction. Photo by Marcel Gahbauer, Warbler:  similar, but with yellow throat; extent of on the outermost three rectrices, plus some on r3 and even r2; note also the Fall, Moult, Lily and Warblers Hillside Park, Waterloo, ON As we move closer to the end of September, mornings are decidedly cool, the days are crisp, and the colours of autumn are manifest. male. Delta Marsh Bird Observatory (MB), May 2009, An ASY male Audubon's Warbler, similar to the Myrtle Warbler examples above, but Nest (built by female) is open cup made of bark fibers, weeds, twigs, roots; lined with hair and feathers in such a way as to curve over and partly cover the eggs. that of AHY females, so reference to other features is recommended. RETURN TO AGE/SEX extensive blue-gray edging on the lesser, median, and greater coverts, but note the This similarity poses a special problem with the Yellow-rumped Warbler because the group has been “split” into two distinct species, Audubon’s and Myrtle Warbler. entirely blue-gray edging, along with dark, broad, and rounded rectrices. While most of its relatives migrate to the tropics in fall, the Yellow-rump, able to live on berries, commonly remains as far north as New England and Seattle; it is the main winter warbler in North America. Photo by Marcel Gahbauer, Banff National Park (AB), May 2007, An SY male Audubon's Warbler earlier in spring, showing a lot more brown than the Insects and berries. Photo by Marcel Gahbauer, Upperparts with a fair amount of blue-gray; auricular sometimes mottled with black; dark wings with silvery edging to the primary coverts; rectrices dark, broad, rounded; black uppertail coverts with blue-gray edging. In fall and winter they move to open woods and shrubby habitats, including coastal vegetation, parks, and residential areas. Photo by Marcel Gahbauer, Note, however, that this pattern can appear quite similar to quite brownish, and the minimal edging on the primary coverts is also pale brown. Also eats berries in winter. of the breast, but note the wing still shows a fair amount of blue-gray. fresher than the retained juvenile primary coverts). There is usually a distinct contrast between the blackish inner greater coverts and brown, relatively worn tertials. Tweet; Description: A small songbird. that the rectrices are broader and more rounded than expected. Only 4% of the Myrtle Warblers were captured Males tend to forage higher than females during the breeding season. So why are there so many Myrtle Warblers on Ocracoke from fall into early spring? Winter: San Diego County must be near the core of the Audubon’s Warbler’s winter range. On average they have more white on the tail than other age/sex classes. Myrtle Warblers in Autumn October 17, 2016 by Corey 2 Comments Before it was lumped with the western subspecies, the eastern version of the Yellow-rumped Warbler was (and may someday again be) called the Myrtle Warbler . The easily mistaken for an ASY bird, but note that the primaries and secondaries are still Photo: Howard Arndt/Audubon Photography Awards, Great Egret. The "Myrtle" form, mostly eastern, also winters commonly in streamside trees near coast in Pacific states. edging on the uppertail coverts. Photo by Marcel Gahbauer, All Myrtle Warblers have predominantly brownish upperparts in fall, but AHY males tend to have the greatest amount of blue-gray on the wings, back and sometimes even the crown. The protected land at Station 16 is an excellent stopover location for migrating songbirds. Photo by Marie-Anne Hudson, Conifer forests. outer rectrices not quite as broad and rounded. The wing pattern on HY males is generally similar to that of AHY males, except with a greater degree of contrast between the greater coverts and the block of primary coverts, primaries, and secondaries. Note the relatively strong contrast between the greater coverts and the Let us send you the latest in bird and conservation news. inner greater coverts that were replaced during the prealternate molt, the remaining dark In winter, varied; open woods, brush, thickets, gardens, even beaches. McGill Bird Observatory (QC), September 2008. SY male Yellow-rumped Warblers have a duller wing than ASY males, usually with a brownish tone to the retained juvenile primary coverts, primaries, and secondaries. © J … The uppertail coverts of ASY females have moderately to very wide black centres with largely blue-gray edging, but usually also some brown. Photo by Marcel Gahbauer, Nest: Placed 4-50' above ground, usually on horizontal branch away from trunk of conifer, sometimes in deciduous tree; or sometimes in fork where branch meets trunk. Yellow indicates the summer-only range, blue indicates the winter-only range, and green indicates the year-round range of … Patterns are similar on SY male Audubon's Warbler, though retained juvenile feathers tend to be a bit more grayish than on Myrtle Warblers, and the alternate greater coverts have broader white edging. secondaries growing in, indicating that it is undergoing its prebasic molt. McGill Bird Observatory (QC), October 2010. Photo by Marie-Anne Hudson, The breeding male Myrtle Warbler has white eyebrows, a white throat, and white sides of neck while the Audubon's Warbler has no eyebrows and a yellow throat. SY male Myrtle Warblers usually have white patches on at leas the three outer rectrices (r4-r6). with silvery edging. just the outermost two feathers, but with uppertail coverts that could easily be mistaken They form small flocks on migration or in winter. Photo by Marcel Gahbauer, white on the tail is greater. Photo by Simon Duval, In summers, males of both forms have streaked backs of black on slate blue, white wing patches, a streaked breast, and conspicuous yellow patches on the crown, flank, and rump. visible on the edging of the uppertail coverts. National Audubon Society The eastern sub-species, known as "Myrtle Warbler" because wintering flocks will subsist on myrtle berries (bayberries), can be found almost year-round in coastal Maine. Females and non-breeding males show the same basic pattern but are duller in color than their breeding counterparts (Stokes and Stokes 1996; Dunn 1999; Georgia Wildlife Website 2000). SY males are generally quite similar in overall appearance to ASY males, also featuring distinct yellow and black patches on the breast. Young leave nest after 10-12 days, can fly short distances 2-3 days later. coverts, but in this case the alternate greater coverts are darker and with more white important to take all clues into consideration, especially the wing. between the pale brown and very worn juvenile flight feathers with the fresher gray McGill Bird Observatory (QC), May 2006, An ASY male Audubon's Warbler; note that it has more white on the tail than Myrtle Warblers, McGill Bird Observatory (QC), October 2010. and distinct edging to the primary coverts. Juvenile Myrtle Warblers have a relatively uniform dull gray-brown wing. SY Yellow-rumped Warblers tend to have somewhat narrower and more pointed rectrices than ASY individuals. and the lack of edging on the primary coverts. In some cases the facial mask is not as black as on ASY males, and often SY males can be easily recognized by the presence of brown feathers contrasting with the otherwise blue-gray back. Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler: Medium warbler, dark-streaked, blue-gray upperparts, yellow rump. A typical HY male, with a hint of yellow on the breast, some blue-gray on the back, and a Note, however, that Photo by Marcel Gahbauer, In this account, Myrtle and Audubon’s Warblers will be treated separately. An HY female tail with relatively narrow and pointed rectrices and white limited to r5 and r6, McGill Bird Observatory (QC), May 2010, Another SY male Myrtle Warbler wing showing three generations of feathers, in this case These birds are insectivorous, but will readily take wax-myrtle berries in winter, a habit which gives the species its name. 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