[CT Birds] Hermit warbler YES

David Lawton lawtonesq at gmail.com
Fri Feb 12 17:04:24 EST 2016


I had no luck with the Hermit Warbler from 3:20 to 4:35 but did have a
Ruby-crowned Kinglet that seemed able to find his share of food upstream
from the bridge.

David Lawton
Avon, CT
On Feb 12, 2016 4:10 PM, "greg hanisek via CTBirds" <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> This bird is clearly thriving at the moment, primarily by eating various
> arthropods picked up along the edge of the water. It probably also is
> finding arthropod eggs, larvae and pupae in trees, the way G-c Kinglets do
> in surviving northern winters. Dave Rosgen, who found the bird, noted that
> it was picking at Sycamore seed balls, which probably hold some of the tiny
> arthropod material. A surprising amount of the animal material is available
> all winter in bark crevices, needle clusters, evergreen cones etc. for
> birds capable of extracting it. Hermit Warblers have a history (in very
> small numbers) of attempting to winter at our latitude or even a bit father
> north in the East. How well they do is surely unknown, but these are
> outliers, little pioneers. If they were really successful, we'd probably be
> seeing more of them in winter in the Northeast.  This one has most likely
> has already survived a few months in our area.
> Greg HanisekWaterbury
>
>     On Friday, February 12, 2016 9:38 AM, Jim Pfeifer via CTBirds <
> ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
>
>
>  I'm curious what this bird is feeding on, and how it will survive the
> extreme cold over the next 4 days?  Has anyone put out suet or meal worms
> along the areas he frequents?
>
> Jim
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> Brian K via CTBirds
> Sent: Friday, February 12, 2016 9:29 AM
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> Subject: [CT Birds] Hermit warbler YES
>
> Usual location under the bridge near the post office in barkhamsted. I
> arrived just before 9am and it just showed up. At about 9:15 it flew south
> down the river, just out of arms reach of us.
>
> Lots of other birds here today too. Cedar Waxwings bluebirds and a
> kingfisher among others.
>
> Brian Kulvete
> Bloomfield, CT
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