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|Just came from a trip to north of Kingston. I found this warbler and I will be happy to show it to you.|
It was a fast processing and I didn't have too much time to choose the frame from many taken today.
The Golden-winged Warbler is a small, strikingly marked warbler of eastern early successional habitats. Its population increased for over 100 years as forests were cut down. Now, however, it is losing ground, both because of reforestation and displacement by the spreading Blue-winged Warbler.
•Black or gray mask and bib.
•Bright yellow patch on wings.
•The Golden-winged Warbler prefers early successional habitats for nesting. Recently abandoned farms and clearcuts are ideal. These habitats, however, do not last long, and the warbler often quickly disappears from an area. The warbler benefited from the extensive deforestation of the last several centuries, especially as farms were abandoned in the 20th century. Current reforestation is reducing available breeding habitat.
•The Golden-winged Warbler hybridizes extensively with the Blue-winged Warbler, giving rise to the distinctly plumaged "Brewster's" and "Lawrence's" warblers. Brewster's looks like a Blue-winged Warbler with a white chest, and Lawrence's looks like an all-yellow Golden-winged Warbler. Backcrosses of hybrids to pure parental types result in many intermediate-appearing birds.
•Hybrids do not sing intermediate songs but sing either normal Blue-winged Warbler or Golden-winged Warbler songs. Some birds sing both. Occasionally pure-looking parental types sing the "wrong" song.
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- [2012-05-13 3:13]
first class image quality and perfect composition!
- [2012-05-13 8:08]
Clarity and details are excellent ! Colors and contrast are great ! Tina
A marvelous POV, Focus, and Exposure. Well done.
- [2012-05-13 10:33]
stunning limpidity of the image, .. effectively lit and framed, ..
- [2012-05-14 5:50]
Beautiful bird and image, lovely composition and colors. tfs.