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Friday, April 17, 2020

Beautiful Palm Warbler Migrant Today, look for them!

Hey, hey, pretty FOY Palm Warbler migrant this morning. It was the eastern subspecies, the "Yellow Palm Warbler" Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea (breeds QC and east) which is more colorful than the "Western Palm Warbler" Setophaga palmarum palmarum (breeds Hudson Bay and to west). It was foraging on the ground, not in Palm Trees, ha-ha, here in NH. This warbler was actually named years ago by a naturalist, J.P Gmelin, after a specimen collected on a palm tree filled caribbean island (Hispanola). Palm Warblers breed in bogs and cut-over jack pine woods in Canada and the far upper areas of the eastern two-thirds of this country. They winter in the southeastern coastal states and the Caribbean. FOY means first of the year and is a fun thing to record of birds coming to your yard since you, and we, are in isolation during this crisis time. We keep a daily journal of birds seen in our yard. (photo taken another time)

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