• Hooded Warbler

    Common NameHooded Warbler
    Scientific NameSetophaga citrina
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation04/28/2017
    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameNathaniel Sharp
    Mailing Address329 Colchester Ave
    Burlington, VT 05401-1408
    United States
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    Date Completed04/30/2017
    Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers

    Lucas Myers
    Jenni Li
    Sonya Buglion-Gluck
    Jude Dickinson

    Latitude of Observation44.501671
    Longitude of Observation-73.241485
    Place NameArms Forest
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day08:30 AM
    Length of Time Observed15 minutes
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)30
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)7
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    partly cloudy, temp in mid-60s

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    Nikon Monarch 8x42

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    I'm from southeastern Pennsylvania and have spent a lot of time birding in that area and Southern New Jersey as well, where this species is frequently encountered during migration. I even had the opportunity to watch a Hooded being banded at a banding station near my house! That being said, this individual was doing a song that was quite different from the "I like, I like, I like, Cheerios" that I am familiar with and have heard often.

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    Description of Habitat

    Very early in migration, only other warblers seen in the area included Pine and Yellow-rumped. Bird spent most of its time flitting around 10-15ft up in a stand of oaks and maples near a large vernal pool.

    Behaviors Observed

    Singing frequently and did not seem to be moving far from the area where it was first spotted. Flitting around in a stand of saplings foraging.

    Description of Vocalizations

    I don't think I have a useable recording of the song but I will ask the other birders who were with me at the time if they do. The bird was not doing a song that I had heard before, it was the same pitch and quality but the rhythm seemed unusual and unfamiliar.

    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    My attention was drawn to this bird by its unusual song, and when I first found it I thought it was a very early migrant until I checked a range map on the Sibley app and found that this was a very unusual bird for Vermont. I was leading a birding walk at the time with some fellow UVM students who all got great looks at the bird. We followed it in circles as it foraged and sang rather low in the trees. As we were standing almost directly under the bird, we got great looks at the white outer tail feathers flashing every time it flew. Even without binoculars, some of the other students commented on its bright coloration and unique head pattern.

    Relative Size & Shape



    black "hood" and yellow face

    Upper Back

    dark olive green

    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

    bright yellow


    white outer tail feathers very visible in flight

    IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?

    My first thought when seeing this bird was Wilson's Warbler, as I noticed a yellow bird with black on its head from far away singing an unfamiliar song. Upon closer observation, I saw the black crown and throat connecting to form the characteristic "hood" and several minutes of very close information confirmed this ID.

    Other Notes & Comments

    Adult male, full hood.

    This report was written from notes taken:Written from Memory

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