The Canada Warbler is a beauty to behold, slate gray above and bright yellow below, with a prominent dark black “necklace” decorating its breast. Northern in distribution (see range map below), this species inhabits forests with luxuriant undergrowth and also dense second-growth thickets, where it may be seen behaving like a flycatcher—suddenly darting from the shrubbery to snatch insects from the air.
The Canada Warbler’s song is a staccato outburst of notes that are not particularly musical: chippy-chappy-chippety-chip. To my ear, it sounds like a high-pitched version of the White-eyed Vireo’s snappy song. On May 28 and 29, I was fortunate to come across a cooperative male at the Cornell University’s Arnot Teaching and Research Forest, about fifteen miles south of Ithaca, New York. Here are some of the highlights of my video session:
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