• Hooded Warbler

    Common NameHooded Warbler
    Scientific NameSetophaga Citrina
    Type of ReportRare Nesting Species
    Date of Observation08/12/2017
    Number Observed2 (adult male and fledgling)
    Reporting Observer's NameAlison Wagner
    Mailing Address111 Highland Drive
    P.O.Box 123
    Huntington, VT 05462
    United States
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    Date Completed08/14/2017
    Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers

    Sue Wetmore
    Enid Weinheimer

    Latitude of Observation44.3418058N
    Longitude of Observation73.1236159W
    Place NameGeprag Communtiy Park
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day12:01 PM
    Length of Time Observed3 minutes (fledgling following adult)
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)10 feet
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)6 feet
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    warm, humid, sunny, little wind

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation


    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    I have been following this pair since mid July, observed fledgling interacting with adult male on 7/31/17

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

    The adult HOWA was first observed (heard) along the edge of the mature deciduous forest about 50 feet east from the area the bird was assumed to be nesting (in previous days). This forested area has a dense understory and is adjacent to the largest part of contiguous forest. It has some mature deciduous trees but predominately a dense understory. Other birds in the area: American Redstart, Pewee, Chickadee, Golden-winged X Blue-winged.

    Behaviors Observed

    We heard the male sing once from high perch in deciduous tree (type A1 song), then heard exchange of chip notes (adult high, fledgling in thick underbrush). Enid then found the fledgling in the thick underbrush, and witnessed it begging (she told us this). I saw fledgling (about 10 minutes later) hopping along low brush (foraging?) and then chasing adult.

    Description of Vocalizations

    The adult male sang once. After this, he elicited many chip notes. We all thought it sounded like a cross between a Cardinal and Rose-breasted Grosbeak: Loud/clear/bold. The fledgling would respond with subler chips, consistently following his chips. Other times the fledgling would persistently chip, and although we could not see the birds interacting, I had the impression the young bird was chasing and begging (the fledgling has been out of the nest since at least 7/31 and should be self feeding perhaps)

    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    We wandered around the areas of the park where the birds have been consistently seen since mid July. We had arrived at 11:00 a.m., we heard the chip notes being exchanged in the habitat described above around noontime. Shortly after this, Enid spotted the fledgling begging for food. The birds were moving around within a radius of about 20 feet, judging by where we heard them calling. I managed to finally get on the fledgling when it landed a few feet off the ground on a branch in an area less densely covered. While watching it, the male called from above and to its left and the fledgling then moved left, perhaps chasing and begging again.

    Relative Size & Shape

    I will only be describing the fledgling: Assuming this is the same bird I observed on 7/31, I would say it is now fully grown, average size warbler. Compared to 7/31, tail was longer and body more streamlined (not chubby-looking with down).


    I only saw the top of the head. I discussed this with Sue and Enid, that it looked olive green with a "tint" of black to it.

    Feet & Bill

    I had a good overhead view of the bird (did not see feet). The bill was visibly long and dark.

    Upper Back

    Uniformly olive

    Lower Back & Rump

    Uniformly olive


    Color of coverts very similar to back with slightly darker primaries. Fresh. Average length.

    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

    did not observe


    Tail was not fanned, so did not see any color other than olive. Much longer than previously seen on 7/31.

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

    Habitat and behavior specific to Hooded. Plumage only similar to adult Hooded. No Common Yellowthroat in this habitat; Wilson's and Canada Warblers do not nest here.

    Other Notes & Comments

    No sign of the female. In July, a few people reported seeing the female carrying food to the nest.

    This report was written from notes taken:Immediately After

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