Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 10/10/2015


Photo taken on October  9, 2015


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9 October 2015


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Rare Hooded Warbler / Setophaga citrina

Rare Hooded Warbler / Setophaga citrina
Lol, NO NEED TO COMMENT! I told myself that no matter how bad the only shot I managed to get of this beautiful little Hooded Warbler turned out, I was going to post it : ) And BAD it is, probably the worst photo I've ever posted. However, I think this is the most sought-after bird here at the moment and I'm just happy to have caught a very quick glimpse of it and get even an extremely poor shot. You can see where it got its name from, despite the blur. These Warblers' range is over in the east, but somehow this male has ended up so far west, in Alberta. A rarity, for sure.

"The hooded warbler is a small bird and mid-sized warbler, measuring 13 cm (5.1 in) in length and weighing 9–12 g (0.32–0.42 oz). It has a plain olive/green-brown back, and yellow underparts. Their outer rectrices have whitish vanes. Males have distinctive black hoods which surround their yellow faces; the female has an olive-green cap which does not extend to the forehead, ears and throat instead. Males attain their hood at about 9–12 months of age; younger birds are essentially identical to (and easily confused with) females. The song is a series of musical notes which sound like: wheeta wheeta whee-tee-oh, for which a common mnemonic is "The red, the red T-shirt" or "Come to the woods or you won't see me". The call of these birds is a loud chip." From Wikipedia.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hooded_warbler

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