Sunday, January 31, 2016

Warblers of Southern Arizona: Townsend's Warbler

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

Townsend's Warbler

Distinctive Identification Marks:  high contrast yellow face with black mask; yellow undereye arc; variable black throat bordered by yellow; side streaking; yellow breast and white belly; dark olive green back; white wing bars; 

Frequency: Common

Season: Spring and Fall with some year round

Range: Western United States and Canada

Tree Tops
Mid Tree
Mature coniferous forests
Those that stay in winter come down to lower elevations in riparian areas

Nests in coniferous trees well concealed by foliage; open cup of bark, pine needles, and small twigs.

Feeding Behavior:
Gleaning: perched bird takes prey from branch

General Behavior:
Very active; constant movement

Where to Find: Mount Lemmon, Huachuca and Santa Rita Mountains 

Chance of Finding:  80% in the areas mention above during Spring and Fall months.

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