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Wood Warblers

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.

Mourning Warbler with food

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.

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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