A Nashville Warbler Bathing in the Pond During Migration

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Nashville Warbler ( Oreothlypis ruficapilla ridgwayi ) photos by Larry Jordan I have been enjoying some first time visitors to my yard this fall, including several warblers, one of which is the western Nashville Warbler ( Oreothlypis ruficapilla ridgwayi ). Like many warblers the Nashville Warbler breeds in North America and winters in Mexico. Here’s a short video of the Nashville Warbler taking that bath. Birds Nashville Warbler warblers West Coast

Wood-Warbler Haiku 6

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Inspiration haiku Nashville Warbler poetry wood-warblersHaving an eye-ring. Does not mean that this bird is. From Connecticut.

Water Feature Visitors

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In addition to my regulars at the pond, this past week included several migratory species… a Nashville Warbler ( Oreothlypis ruficapilla ) and a Yellow Warbler ( Setophaga petechia )… a female Western Tanager ( Piranga ludoviciana )… and a real rarity in my yard, a Black-throated Gray Warbler ( Setophaga nigrescens ). We have a small water feature off our back porch. It’s probably about 300 square feet in size, holding maybe 2000 gallons of water.

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Waggin’ Train Tail Waggin’ Jingle Contest

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Five finalists will be flown to Nashville during Country Music Awards Week where they’ll perform their jingles for Adkins at a private event. Five finalists will be flown to Nashville, TN, during CMA Awards week in November 2011 to perform their jingle at a private event in front of Trace Adkins. The brand’s Tail Waggin’ Jingle Contest kicked off on June 9 at the 2011 CMA Fest in Nashville, TN, and culminates at a special event during CMA Awards Week ( [link] ) in November 2011.

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The Power of Pets

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Nashville, Tenn.; Community Dog Walks Will Be Co-Hosted by local YMCAs in Cities across the Country. Mars Petcare announced it will sponsor a series of “Woof Walk” fun runs as part of THE POWER OF PETS™ program for 2011. Co-hosted by local YMCAs nationwide, the events will feature a two- to three-kilometer community dog walk, as well as healthy and fun activities for the whole family. As avid walkers, we love this idea and wanted to help spread the word!

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Cooperative Connecticut Warbler in Queens

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Danny let us know about a bird he had earlier that he was convinced was a Connecticut Warbler , something I teased him about because he has never seen one and it was fun to tell him that he actually had a Nashville Warbler , of which there were at least two in the park. Of course, I started letting him have the Nashville Warbler treatment, especially when, moments later, a Nashville Warbler popped up right where Andrew claimed he had the Connecticut Warbler.

Welcome, Wood Warblers!

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I did not yet see Orange-crowned , Nashville , MacGillivray’s , or Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warblers. Dear U.S. and Canadian birding friends: I feel your pain. I understand that my gain is your loss.

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The Power of Pets Initiative

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New York City; Nashville, Tenn.; Nashville, Tenn. – Mars Petcare recently launched The Power of Pets! What is The Power of Pets? It’s a great new new initiative to help people live a healthier life! Mars Petcare is collaborating with the YMCA in 5 cities to start, to bring pet-friendly health and physical activity education and programming to communities. For it’s first year the program will premiere in YMCA locations in Washington, D.C.; Chicago; and Portland, Ore.

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SE Arizona 10 day birding blitz!

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Lots of warblers were found, including Grace’s, Nashville, Virginia, Red-faced, Hermit, Lucy’s and Wilson’s. This is the Nashville Warbler that we found while trying in vain to track down a reported Tri-color Heron. The last ten day days have been one of the most intense, yet invigorating days of birding that can ever remember embarking on.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of October 2017)

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A late Nashville Warbler , an Orange-crowned Warbler , and a bunch of dabbling ducks were some of his top species. If you’re feeling some measure of terror right now, you may not be thinking of the season’s cavalcade of horrors. No, what scares me is the idea that migration will be ending soon… Nonetheless, this time of year introduces a suite of seasonal birds.

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May Warblers, Costa Rican Style

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Niagara Falls State Park, right above the cataracts, is where I used to bike to on May days to see dozens of fantastic chestnut Bay-breasted Warblers whispering from the canopy, American Redstarts and Tennessee Warblers and Nashville Warblers filling the woods with song. May migration is legendary. It’s when Biggest Week happens, in many places, the fifth month is when it gets truly warm, when we can forget about winter.

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Collaborative list – March 2020

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Nashville Warbler ( Leiothlypis ruficapilla ). Lady Helen has often made the point that we get very little opportunity to spend quality time together. The old saying “ be careful what you wish for ” comes to mind. I wonder how many of us will be able to cope with the coming weeks (who knows how many) of quality time with our nearest and dearest? Staying at home saves lives; that has been made clear.

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Birds of the United States (and Provinces) of (North) America

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But others, such as Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and Black-and-White , Orange-crowned and Nashville Warblers, spend the winter here in Mexico’s southwest. We birders have a different perspective of the world from most other people.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of December 2015)

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He had a great time doing the Queens County Christmas Bird Count and was astounded to learn that birds found by other teams included two Nashville Warbler , two American White Pelicans , a Clay-colored Sparrow , a Lark Sparrow , a Clapper Rail , a Snowy Owl , three Bald Eagles , two Turkey Vultures , a Cackling Goose , three Pine Warblers , and two Blue-winged Teal.

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A Wild Thrush Chase

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A late Scarlet Tanager , my first Orange-crowned Warbler of the year in Queens, a Nashville Warbler , and a whole bunch of Ruby-crowned Kinglets were all nice. Early Friday afternoon I checked my personal email on my phone while I was at work. And was I ever dismayed to see that Eric Miller, Queens birder-extraordinaire , had managed to find another amazing rarity for my home borough, a Varied Thrush. Why did what would be a new bird for my Queens list dismay me?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of October 2013)

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Corey did me one better with the narcissistic Nashville Warbler pictured above admiring itself at Tanner’s Spring in Central Park – but then he one-upped himself when on a whale-watching trip with his family off the coast he spotted a Cory’s Shearwater feeding just west of Rockaway Inlet which put it just inside the Queens-Nassau County border. Even the solo birders out there have to appreciate that birding together is often better than birding alone.

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My Mexican Birdbath

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But it isn’t until late December that the Nashville and Black-throated Gray Warblers join the party, as well as Summer and Western Tanagers, and Warbling Vireos. My area of central Mexico has a true monsoon climate. That means that we have little or no rain through the winter months, and almost daily rain during the warm months of June through September, with May and October being transitional months.

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Two Hours at the Forest Park Waterhole

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All of the images in this post were taken in that two-hour period on Saturday – and I left out several species of wood-warbler, to say nothing of the Scarlet Tanager , Red-eyed Vireo , and Baltimore Oriole … Blackburnian Warbler Chestnut-sided Warbler wanting a Worm-eating Warbler to give up the bath Black-throated Green Warbler Common Yellowthroat Nashville Warbler Worm-eating Warbler Blackpoll Warbler Canada Warbler Magnolia Warbler Wilson’s Warbler … a.

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Fall Wood-Warblers on Migration

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Every fall and spring for the last several years I have been putting together a collection of wood-warblers spotted on migration. Why stop now? All of these birds were photographed in the last couple of months in New York and New Jersey as they made their way south on their amazing migration. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed photographing them!

Birds at Tanner’s Spring, Central Park, Manhattan

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Nashville Warbler Vermivora ruficapilla. Hidden away on the west side of Central Park, easily accessed from the 81st Street entrance by the American Museum of Natural History, and adjacent to the Diana Ross playground is a marvelous bird magnet.

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The Elusive Goal of Bird-Safe Skyscrapers

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Building-stunned bird: Nashville Warbler above by Stephanie Beard, Project BirdSafe, Audubon Minnesota. Or perhaps I should say “illusive.” ” That’s because an American architecture firm is planning what’s billed as the “world’s first invisible building” in South Korea. Hat tip to Pat O’Donnell for the story; the image above is by GDS Architects, via CNN.)

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Away From it All: The North Cascades

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I’ve missed the saucy, parrot-like corvids more than I can say since moving back east, so this started my every day on a good note – as did looking out the bedroom window to see Nashville Warblers and Lazuli Buntings moving their newly-fledged chicks around the yard.

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My Subtropical Bird Garden

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A Nashville Warbler , on the jacaranda tree. Those who follow my posts know by now that I love gardening. And I love making my little garden (some 1400 square feet) more attractive to birds. But I would never have imagined how important it would be to my emotional well-being to have a bird-friendly garden during lockdown. There are lots of online sources of information on bird-friendly gardening, but much of this information is oriented towards those who live in temperate climes.

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The Waterhole at Forest Park: The Best Place in New York City to See Wood-Warblers

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At least one Nashville Warbler came through and I didn’t hear a single person call it a Connecticut Warbler. On a recent afternoon’s visit to Forest Park’s famed waterhole the birds were coming in frequently and in abundance. In the one hundred and six minutes I spent at the waterhole seventeen species of wood-warbler stopped by for a drink or a bath. The eight or so other birders who were also enjoying the show were gobsmacked, flabbergasted, and just plain old amazed.

Collaborative list – April 2020

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Nashville Warbler (Leiothlypis ruficapilla). As the rest of the world hides behind the curtains, our beats have thrown theirs open to record the avian life that passes outside their windows. Other sightings have been included from legitimate outings for work and exercise (at all times maintaining a respectable distance). 7 beats contributed this month. Between them they shared 63 checklists, spanning 5 countries and noted 231 species of birds. Graylag Goose (Anser anser).

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

At the yearly Meat Marketing conference this summer in Nashville, the industry representatives seemed most worried about negative press concerning animal welfare; the words “global warming” were never even uttered. To the Editor: Re “ From Hoof to Dinner Table, a New Bid to Cut Emissions ” (front page, Dec. 4): There is a solution to at least some of the beef industry’s sustainability woes, and that is to raise cows in a pasture-based system.

Wood Warbler Names Done Right

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Back to old Wilson, the Father of American Ornithology himself was–according to An Inquiry into the History of the Current English Names of North American Land Birds by Spencer Trotter –responsible for some of our most egregious place-name mistakes, based on the warbler specimens he first captured in Kentucky, Connecticut, Tennessee, Nashville, and Cape May. I love Nashville Warblers from every angle.

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Migration Comes to Me

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A Nashville Warbler in full song made this special moment all the more momentous. You’ve no doubt heard the famous expression, “If the mountain will not come to Mohammed, Mohammed will go to the mountain.&# The pithy lesson contained herein reminds us that we control our own destinies, that if someone will not come to us, we must perforce go to them. But what if the mountain had come to Mohammed? I’ve just experienced a phenomenon nearly as fantastic.

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Birds in Winter: A Book Review, Written in Winter

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I found myself thinking of Birds in Winte r earlier this week, as I searched Willow Lake, a marshy, under-birded area near my home, for two elusive overwintering warblers, an Orange-crowned and a Nashville: food must be scarce and there’s little cover from predators, so those birds were covering a wide area, low to the ground, and understandably very skittish, they might not be where they were seen the day before. Here are some of the things I learned reading Birds in Winter: .

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Collaborative list December 2020 and year’s round up.

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The overwhelming sentiment in Christmas cards this year is that 2021 cannot come fast enough. Lock downs and restrictions have curbed our birding, so if you can summon any blessings to mind, count them instead.

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Can An Early Arriving Spring Bird Survive Late Snow?

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Above is a photo of Yellow-rumped Warblers and a Nashville Warbler feeding off of some discarded frames for a beehive. It’s that special time of year when birds begin to move north and people see a migrant during a snow storm and ask, “Can that bird survive??” ” The answer? Usually. I was reminded this week as Minnesota received a few more inches of snow and some sub zero wind chills.

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The Little Big Year – Week 43: Last minute trip to Texas

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At the same water spot, there were severa l Nashville Warblers coming and going. Things had just started to settle down a bit, now that we had parked the RV in Tucson. We were making some new birding friends, learning the local hotspots etc. Well, that’s just not really our style, so at the very last minute, we rented a high gas mileage car, thru a few things in a cooler, and our birding gear and headed for south Texas.

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Collaborative list – November 2020

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368 Nashville Warbler – Leiothlypis ruficapilla. Who remembers birding parties? This virus just won’t give up. With some of the beats locked down still, or again, the birding has been patchy.

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Light Warbler Action in Central Park

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It had been a long time since I’d seen any warblers besides Yellow and Nashville ; it had been a long time since I’d seen any Northern Cardinals or Blue Jays , period. It had been a long time since I birded Central Park. And yet the weather, holding steady at Too Hot and Too Humid, didn’t seem to promise anything but frustration as early September crawled along and the days of my vacation counted down.

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Hark, a Lark (Sparrow)! Make That Two!

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If the birding there over the last several days is any indication it would seem that the restoration has been a success, with regional rarities and hard-to-find birds like Black-billed Cuckoo , Blue Grosbeak , Connecticut Warbler , Clay-colored Sparrow , Mourning Warbler , and Lark Sparrow all being spotted to say nothing of good migrants like Yellow-billed Cuckoos , Indigo Buntings , Eastern Wood-Pewees , Nashville Warblers , and a host of others.

Collaborative List ? May 2020

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Nashville Warbler (Leiothlypis ruficapilla). This was the month we (in the northern hemisphere) had all been waiting for, but what a strange month May 2020 has been. Normally it is the month of migrants and summer visitors, but who has been out to greet them or wave them on their way? The restrictions were relaxed slightly during the month which has allowed the beats to venture outdoors again, blinking in the bright sunshine of spring.

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Little Big Year – Week 35: Route 66, Tucumcari and The Albuquerque area

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Nashville Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers, Mac Gillivray’s Warblers, Say’s Phoebes, Black Phoebes, Spotted Towhees, as well as Vesper, White-crowned, Chipping, Song, and Lincolns Sparrows. After our brief trip thru the great state of Texas, we were headed back into New Mexico, a state I was quite excited to explore. I have been all around the western states, here and there, but never spent any time in New Mexico.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of December 2020)

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Take your pick from Yellow , Nashville , and Orange-crowned for Corey BBOTW. The holidays that characterize the last few weeks of the calendar year may designate this time of year the season of giving, but nature usually withholds its avian gifts in December.

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The Wood-Warblers Are Back In New York City!

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Or the Nashville Warblers like the one at the top of this post? This past weekend the listservs, Facebook, text services, Twitter, word-of-mouth, weather radar, the calendar, and the entrails of a sacrificial goat all indicated that migration was happening. And was it ever! Reports abounded of a huge variety of birds, from thrushes to nightjars, terns to vireos. And, of course, the wood-warblers.

Black Swifts Nesting at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

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McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park sits on the eastern edge of the Cascade Range between two active volcanoes, Mount Shasta and Lassen Peak. The Cascade Range, part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, extends from Northern California to Southern British Columbia. The park’s landscape was created by volcanic activity as well as erosion from weather and streams. This volcanic region is covered by black volcanic rock known as basalt.

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High Noon Birding in the Mountains of Los Angeles

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and, after spotting a Nashville Warbler at Chilao, pointed out a young Yellow-rumped Warbler , one of what turned out to be a group of Audubons, and then a MacGillivray’s Warbler. [If you are looking for my first-Tuesday-of-the-month book review, it will be in this spot next week. For now, I present a story of an excellent day''s birding on a visit to Los Angeles last week.]. It was 7:04am when we saw our target bird.

2014 Arenal Bird Count

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Some of them, like a rare-to-Costa Rica Nashville Warbler , failed to appear again, but we ticked off a ton of other Neotropical migrants including my life Mourning Warbler ! When the proprietors of Costa Rica’s Finca Luna Nueva Lodge graciously invited Corey and me to visit, we were both thrilled at the prospect of awesome Costa Rican birds at an amazing ecolodge.

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Slowing down Chimney Swifts

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Birds that had been banded in Nashville, Tennessee. When I was a kid, my dad called them “flying stoagies”, something he picked up from an old ornithology professor. I always thought it was funny even before I really got what a stoagie was, because there’s something inherently joyful about the chittering, chattering Chimney Swifts that circle just about every neighborhood in eastern North America.

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