|Common Name||Hooded Warbler|
|Scientific Name||Setophaga citrina|
|Type of Report||Rare Nesting Species|
|Date of Observation||07/19/2017|
|Reporting Observer's Name||Theodore Murin|
|Mailing Address||77 Overlook Drive|
South Burlington, VT 05403
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|Latitude of Observation||44.3432|
|Longitude of Observation||-73.1219|
|Place Name||Geprags Park|
|Time of Day||08:15 AM|
|Length of Time Observed||about 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.
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.
|Lower Back & Rump|
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|