Thursday, January 21, 2016

Warblers of Southern Arizona: Orange Crowned Warbler

Continuing my series on Warblers of Southern Arizona, in alphabetical order, next up:

Orange Crowned Warbler

Distinctive Identification Marks: small with sharp pointed bill; low contrast olive-yellow body and grayish olive green back; subtle streaking on breast; faint black line through eye; split eyering; orange patch on crown seldom seen;

Frequency: Common

Season: Spring and Fall

Range: widespread throughout North America (though more common in the West)

Lower Tree and dense shrubbery
Ground (will come to the ground to drink or bath)

Very elaborate nests on ground in open layered cup;

Feeding Behavior:
Gleaning: perched bird takes prey from branch
Hawking: perched bird takes prey from air
They will supplement their insect diet with fruit, berries, seeds, even nectar

General Behavior:
Very active; constant movement

Where to Find: Chiricahua, Huachuca, Santa Rita, and Catalina Mountains.  Sometimes in municipal parks as well; Sweetwater Wetlands.

Chance of Finding: high probability during its season and at its preferred habitat.

Low dense brush

At water's edge

Gleaning from tree trunk

Gleaning from deciduous tree

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