Continuing my series on Warblers of Southern Arizona, in alphabetical order, next up:
Distinctive Identification Marks: yellow chin, throat, and breast; yellow arc under eye; yellow supercilium; white behind eye; black streaking on side; white wing bars;
Season: April through September
Range: Arizona and New Mexico
Habitat: Tree Tops, usually Pine
Feeding Behavior: Gleaning: perched bird takes prey from branch
General Behavior: Usually hidden among pine needles
Where to Find: Mount Lemmon; Highest elevation in the Huachucha's, Santa Rita's, and Chiricahua's.
Chance of Finding: While this warbler is listed as common it is infrequently seen. There are several reasons for this. 1) they are usually only found above 7000 feet; 2) they are either solitary or one among a small flock of warblers; 3) they stay in tree canopies often 60 to 80 feet off the ground; and 4) they are usually buried in the pines; and 5) they rarely perch on exposed branches. This reduces the chance to 5-10% even in its preferred habitat. The best strategy is looking down into canyons from the trail or road which can put you closer to eye level.
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