• Hooded Warbler

    Common NameHooded Warbler
    Scientific NameSetophaga citrina
    Type of ReportRare Nesting Species
    Date of Observation07/19/2017
    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameTheodore Murin
    Mailing Address77 Overlook Drive
    South Burlington, VT 05403
    United States
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    Date Completed07/19/2017
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    Latitude of Observation44.3432
    Longitude of Observation-73.1219
    Place NameGeprags Park
    Time of Day08:15 AM
    Length of Time Observedabout 15 minutes
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)50
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)25
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    calm wind, ~70 degrees Fahrenheit, sunny

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    Zeiss 8x42 TFL binoculars

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    Have very limited experience with this species though consider it's identification relatively simple if afforded a good look (which we were).

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    Description of Habitat

    Early successional, primarily deciduous, bordering more advanced woods on one side and grass field on the other. Blue-winged Warbler and American Redstart were seen in very close proximity to this bird.

    Behaviors Observed

    Bird was first seen carrying food and appeared hesitant to deliver due to observers. So observers backed away about another 20 feet and bird soon continued about its business. It made three or four similar trips during our observation period, a couple times doing much of its foraging within sight. It worked along branches and appeared to often visually inspect under tree leaves. It once gleaned while semi-hovering. To conclude each foraging session, it would fly downward at an angle with its bill full of treasures and shortly return into view with an empty bill. During foraging it often flipped and briefly splayed its tail open, flashing a good deal of white. It eventually rested on a branch in the sunshine about 15 feet up, splaying its tail completely and somewhat splaying its wings.

    Description of Vocalizations

    The bird sang several times at the end of our observation with the standard "wee-tee, wee-tee, WEE-tee-o."

    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    See "Behaviors Observed" above. Bird was often in nearly unobstructed, beautiful view. It eventually sunbathed in the open.

    Relative Size & Shape

    Similar in size and shape to nearby warblers (American Redstart and Blue-winged Warbler).


    Distinctive and diagnostic jet black hood, completely encircling bright yellow face. Crown, chin and throat jet black. Eyes dark.

    Feet & Bill

    Feet and legs pinkish. Bill dark, medium length.

    Upper Back

    Yellowish green.

    Lower Back & Rump

    Not noted


    Greenish gray flight feathers fading from yellowish green back and coverts.

    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

    All bright yellow except for slightly lighter yellow under tail coverts.


    Moderate length - perhaps appearing somewhat longer due to its great animation - with outer three feathers white, outermost with thin outer gray edge slightly thicker at end. Central feathers grayish green. (Tail seen very nicely when held splayed for a minute or two during sunbathing.)

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

    Not sure there is anything in North America to confuse this with.

    Other Notes & Comments

    Complete hood indicates adult male.

    This report was written from notes taken:Immediately After

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