[CT Birds] Fairfield Parula

Greg Hanisek ghanisek at rep-am.com
Sat Jun 16 17:57:58 EDT 2012

Believe it or not, (considering the coincidence with Alex's report) this 
morning while working in my front yard I heard a single song of what I'm 
sure was a Black-throated Green Warbler in the neighbor's yard across the 
street. I went over for a look, couldn't find the bird and didn't hear it 
again. I have no more idea what to make of that than Alex does of his 
Parula, but over the years I have encountered these weird one-off passerines 
in the first half of June on occasion. Actually I heard an Eastern 
Wood-Pewee behind our house 2 days ago, although they do breed occasionally 
in woods around the edge of our neighborhood. B-t Green certainly does not. 
My guess would be migrants that are late possibly because for some reason 
they are not in breeding condition, but that's just a guess.

Greg Hanisek

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Alex Burdo" <aburdo10 at gmail.com>
To: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Saturday, June 16, 2012 3:41 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] Fairfield Parula

> Hi All,
> Between 3:10 and 3:15 this afternoon, I could've sworn I heard the
> alternate song of a Northern Parula multiple times from my backyard. It's 
> a
> vocalization I hear pretty much daily during the month of May, and thus 
> was
> a sound I recognized immediately. I judged from the sound that it was
> likely in the tall trees in the Sherman area, perhaps 75 yards away.
> Immediately upon hearing the vocalization, I thought about the possibility
> of it being a Northern Mockingbird, as there was one singing at the time.
> However, that hypothesis went out the window when I heard both birds
> singing at the exact same moment. Plus, although I realize Northern
> Mockingbirds are capable of an incredible array of vocalizations, are they
> really able to mimic a song as complex as that of a Parula?
> So, could this be a legitimate Northern Parula? If so, what in the world 
> is
> a Northern Parula doing in residential Fairfield this late into June? I
> understand the individuals of some species that are not sexually mature
> (i.e. ducks, shorebirds, and terns), will summer south of their breeding
> range, sometimes quite a bit so. However, I've never heard of this
> happening with Wood-Warblers, or with passerines for that matter. As with
> the Great Crested Flycatcher at Ash Creek on Tuesday, this individual
> remains a total mystery to me. Could it be a VERY late migrant? Perhaps a
> bird that bred well to our south and is now wandering around 
> post-breeding?
> Maybe a failed breeder from our north (although it seems a bit too early)?
> I'd be very interested in hearing any thoughts people might have.
> Alex Burdo
> Fairfield
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