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Wood Warblers

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Mourning Warbler (male)

By: Pat Coate

A friend in Allegany has a wonderful farm and foothill property with a beautiful hiking loop through many habitats including corn fields, meadows, woods and pasture -a birders paradise. On a recent hike I came across two warblers I don’t often see – Mourning and Hooded Warblers, and both were obviously breeding in the area.

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Mourning Warbler with food

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Hooded Warbler (male) with fledgling

This hooded warbler was pretty unhappy with me as the hiking trail wandered through its territory. It complained loudly when I took a couple quick pictures. It wasn’t until I got the photo on the computer that I saw the fledgling on the log behind the male parent.

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female)

Though obviously not a warbler, this was a nice sighting. I don’t see the female grosbeak too often, but this bird provided some nice looks along a meadow’s edge.


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