Thursday, December 1, 2011

Yellow-throated Warbler, Washburn

I finally made it over to Barry Floods place in Washburn this AM to see if I could spot the Yellow-throated Warbler he first reported back around Thanksgiving.  Since this was a very rare bird for anywhere in Maine, I was pretty eager to get a glimpse of it and arrived just at sunrise!

No worries.  The bird was there when I got there and it was very vocal...It was up in a Box Elder, chipping loudly and sounding very similar to a Yellow-rumped Warbler.  Paul Cyr had also come out to see the bird and it didn't take long for him to start snapping pictures of the bird as it gobbled up suet.

Yellow-throated Warblers are not a local bird in Aroostook County or even Maine for that matter.  Even during summer when they are breeding, their normal range is well south of New England.  By this time of year, this bird should be in south Florida or the Caribbean at its normal wintering territory.

Paul got some really nice shots of the bird and shared them with me.  Enjoy the December warbler!


pschep said...

Amazing to see the date of this blog and then to see this bird!

grammie g said...

Wow Bill...will that cute little guy make it through the winter you think??
That is an oddity I wonder how that came about !!
He must have set his GPS wrong!!
Be interesting to see if he sticks around ...keep us informed ...thanks!

Kathiesbirds said...

Bill, this is just amazing!

Hilke Breder said...

Miraculous! I hope though it gets back on track, but doubt it. Great pix~