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Wilson's Warbler Migration

The Wilson's Warbler is soon to head south, not to return until spring, one of many songbird migrants returning to the Central American tropics for the colder months. He will fly after dark to avoid the threat posed by hawks and falcons. He'll take up precisely the same winter quarters as he did last year, amid the rows of coffee growing in the shade of tall trees.

You can help protect the habitat of this neotropical migrant when you buy bird-friendly shade-grown coffee.

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So Long for Now, Wilson’s Warbler

Written by Bob Sundstrom
 
This is BirdNote!
[Wilson’s Warbler song]
One morning in early autumn, a flash of yellow in a thicket catches your eye. With a twitch of its tail, a tiny yellow bird darts out to catch an insect mid-air, then returns to its perch, to pick another from a leaf. The bird sports a black cap, like a beret set atop its yellow head. It’s a male Wilson’s Warbler. [Wilson’s Warbler song]
Take a good look, because the Wilson’s Warbler is heading south, not to return until spring. He will fly after dark to avoid the threat posed by hawks and falcons.
The warbler is one of many songbird migrants that return to the Central American tropics for the colder months. He sticks to dense cover during the day, with a preference for streamside thickets. He works his way south from Canada, down through the US – all the way to Belize.
[Wilson’s Warbler song]
The Wilson’s Warbler will take up precisely the same winter quarters as he did last year, amid the rows of coffee growing in the shade of tall trees. In a few months, we’ll look in on this tiny warbler, in his tropical winter home. In the meantime, visit our website, BirdNote.org and learn about how buying shade-grown coffee can help protect migratory birds. [Wilson’s Warbler song]
BirdNote advisors include Bob Sundstrom, Idie Ulsh, Dennis Paulson and Gordon Orians. I’m Mary McCann.
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Wilson’s Warbler provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York.   Recorded by T.G. Sander.
Producer:  John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2010 Tune In to Nature.org        September 2010

ID# 090506WIWAKPLU                      WIWA-01b-2010-09-07
http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/478/articles/migration

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