This morning as we were sitting on the deck drinking our morning coffee we heard... "zee-zee-zee-zoo-zee", a Black-throated Green Warbler. Oh, goody, some of the start of warbler migration here. We long anticipate this wondrous event and every morning brings new anticipation. What will we see and hear? We tune up our ears and refresh our memories of warbler song by listening to our Stokes Field Guide To Birds CDs.
Black-throated Green is an easy to learn, fairly widespread warbler. Greenish yellow above with the yellow face and black throat, more prominent on the male. The song is memorable and distinctive, unlike many other warbler songs. Really does sound like zee-zee-zee-zoo-zee.
You gotta start somewhere to learn warbler song, this is a good place to start. Learn it and you will have a very good chance of hearing it in the next several weeks.
Photo © Lillian Stokes, 2007