• Hooded Warbler

    Common NameHooded Warbler
    Scientific NameSetophaga citrina
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation07/14/2017
    MediaOther Documentation of Observation
    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameAnnemarie Granillo
    Mailing Address144 Centennial Ct
    Burlington, VT 05401
    United States
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    Date Completed07/19/2017
    Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers

    Steven LaMonde
    Felicia King


    Latitude of Observation44.342909
    Longitude of Observation-73.121058
    Place NameGeprags Park
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day10:00 AM
    Length of Time Observed10 min
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)80
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)40
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    Overcast at 10 a.m.
    From Steve's Report: Overcast, light breeze, 60s (Fahrenheit)

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    Annemarie: Canon 7d Mark II and Sigma 150-600 Lens
    Steve: 8x42 Vortex Diamondback
    Canon T3i Rebel w/ 300mm lens

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    From Steve: Both my (Steven) and Felicia's first time seeing this bird. I have observed the relatively similar Wilson's Warbler

    I certify that that attachments included with this report were captured during this observation event​​.
    Description of Habitat

    AG- Shrubs, field, hill.
    A golden winged warbler on path was visually and audibly confirmed prior to seeing Hooded Warbler.

    SLM- Second-growth deciduous forest. Diverse habitat structure with canopy, shrub, and herbaceous vegetation. Also observed (visually or auditorily) in the immediate vicinity of the bird: Veery, Red-eyed Vireo, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, and Common Yellowthroat.

    Behaviors Observed

    AG- Sitting on tree which was on hill facing W/NW
    SLM-Singing from an open branch that was lower on the tree (about 10-15 feet above ground level). The bird was active, flitting about, and did not remain perched in one location for more than a minute or two.

    Description of Vocalizations

    Clear-pitched "tawee tawee TAWEE-TEo" and similar song a variation of the first "twee twee twee tweeo -tawee"

    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    AG- Heard a song. Saw a bird perched on tree and checked it out (I was looking for any and all warblers!). Snapped photos and noted the type of warbler.

    SLM- Felicia and I both heard the bird singing north of the second bench at Geprag Community park around 4:20PM. Following the song until we could get a visual took about 5 minutes, during which the longest interval between songs was about 30-45 seconds. I first saw movement in the mid-story from the area where the song was coming from. Circling around the the north-east side of the bird to get a less obstructed view, I then confirmed the bird as the one that had been singing. I then proceeded to take 30 photos between 4:29PM and 4:39PM. Visually, without the aid of my binoculars or camera, I could make out a distinct black "hood" encircling a yellow face. The bird also displayed a yellow breast and belly, and olive-green back. We left the area just after 4:40PM.

    Relative Size & Shape

    Typical wood-warbler size and shape.


    Yellow face with black crown, throat, nape, and eye.

    Feet & Bill

    Bird was slightly back-lit, but bill and legs appeared dark. After consulting my personal photos of this bird from this observation, the bill appeared to be black while the legs remained hidden.

    Upper Back


    Lower Back & Rump



    Olive-greenish, no wing bars.

    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

    Yellow breast, belly, and flanks.

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

    From SLM-Comparing this bird to others found in the region, Wilson's Warbler only have a black crown and lack the black bib, Mourning Warbler lack yellow face, and Golden-winged and Blue-winged Warblers (and their hybrids) all have wing bars (in addition to other plumage differences). Furthermore, all of the aforementioned species have notably different songs.

    Other Notes & Comments

    Adult male, based on photos.

    This report was written from notes taken:During the Observation

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