September 02, 2014

Fall warblers



We are getting our fall warbler migration coming through.
The black and white warbler is courteous enough to have the same plumage spring and fall, basic black with white.
Some of the "confusing" fall warblers who look nothing like their spring plumage.

Mniotilta varia

Black-and-white Warblers have an extra-long hind claw and heavier legs than other wood-warblers, which help them hold onto and move around on bark.

The oldest known Black-and-white Warbler was 11 years, 3 months old—a female that was banded in North Carolina in the 1950s and recovered in Pennsylvania more than a decade later.

source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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