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Thursday, June 17th
Bergland, Michigan


Hooded Warbler

What is going on with this species along its northern fringe of its breeding range? Is this boundary expanding northward? Data from the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas seem to suggest this:

Data from the Eastern Region of the BBS indicate that it is increasing slowly but steadily since 1966: d/06840.ea

I think its song to be loud, penetrating, and very melodious. Here is how Audubon described the song of the Hooded Warbler "It is rather loud, lively, yet mellow, and consists of three notes, resembling the syllables weet, weet, weetee, a marked emphasis being laid on the last. Although extremely loquacious during the early part of spring, it becomes almost silent the moment it has a brood."

So, did I hear one today on the Bergland, MI BBS route? Please see my write up for this route for more discussion.

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