[CT Birds] Fairfield Parula

David Tripp Jr dtrippjr at comcast.net
Sat Jun 16 19:24:03 EDT 2012


Two reported on the Litchfield Hills SBC last weekend. We had one of them on Route 4, Cornwall.

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On Jun 16, 2012, at 5:57 PM, "Greg Hanisek" <ghanisek at rep-am.com> wrote:

> 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.
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> Greg Hanisek
> Waterbury
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> ----- 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
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>> Hi All,
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>> 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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