Saturday, November 27, 2021

Warbler Guy, which warblers are most likely to be seen on Christmas Bird Count surveys in the Midwest? Likely Christmas Bird Count warblers in the East? Likely Christmas Bird Count warblers in New England?

Stacey (in Boston), you may be asking this question because some Yellow-rumped Warbler(s) were seen on recent Christmas Bird Count(s) (CBC)?

If so, you are spot-on in thinking this species is the most likely Parulidae (wood-warbler) Family member to show up during the non-breeding season in northern latitudes.
Here's one posting of a Rare Bird Alert from New Hampshire where people witnessed three
Yellow-rumped Warbler (YRWA):
3 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen at Odiorne Point 
State Park in Rye on December 29, 2014.
For the full account of the "rare" bird species detected during this 1/1/14 CBC survey, please see:
Which other warbler species are the most likely to appear in the dead of winter in NH or other upper Midwest and East Coast areas?
Beyond the YRWA, look for the following as the "usual suspects":
(and NOT typically annual every "winter" in northern USA latitudes):
- Common Yellowthroat
- Palm
- Yellow-breasted Chat (more typically Mid-Atlantic and south from there)
- Pine (sometimes eats seeds at winter feeders)
Long shots, and rarely present (and NOT typically annual every "winter"):
- Bay-breasted
- Black-and-white
- American Redstart
- Cape May
Feel free to write me with more questions, Stacey....and other readers:
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