Chestnut-sided Warbler Video Portrait

Warblers are difficult to videotape because they move around so much. The following video portrait of a male Chestnut-sided Warbler was not easy to pull off. I visited his territory on three different occasions (during mid-June 2010, near Ithaca, New York) and spent a lot of time praying he would sit still long enough for me to get some footage. More often than not, he would fly the moment I got him in focus. But my hard work finally paid off and I’m pretty happy with the results.

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The Chestnut-sided Warbler is easily identified by the chestnut-colored feathers along each side (found in both sexes). This handsome species is primarily northern in distribution but may be seen in mountainous areas as far south as Georgia. The Chestnut-sided Warbler nests in deciduous woods and associated brushy areas. It’s bright musical song has an emphatic ending: witew, witew, witew, WEECHEW (from the Sibley guide). Some liken the song to the phrase please, please, pleased, t’MEETCHA or else see-see-see-missBEECHER (from the Peterson guide).

Range map for the Chestnut-sided Warblerclick for large map with color codes


  1. I love this video! I’ve been “slacking” on reading all your blogs lately. I once heard a Chestnut-Sided Warbler sing a song that sounded way different than this. I have a video of the song, just so I can remember what it sounds like.

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