Happy Spring from the Returning Pine Warblers
Here in East, the Pine Warbler is one of several Warblers, including Yellow-rumped and Palm expected in the early spring. Usually the first clue of it’s return is a strident and repeating wee-hu or trill call high in a nearby evergreen tree. You can track the call and with luck and skill, see a stocky, dirty yellow warbler with two white bars, stout bill and long tail. The female is drabber in the spring than the male. We feel a certain joy then, oh boy, the race is on spring migration is officially underway.
Pine Warblers are encountered regularly in Southern Florida so their migration path is shorter than most warblers. Insect eating Warblers follow the green leaf-out north with the change of seasons, the Pine can start earlier because the pines and evergreens already have their leaves on. Relatively slow moving foragers at all levels from treetops to the ground, and they consume a variety of arthropods and even pine seed. They will form pair bonds, then build nests and raise their young in pines. It seems fitting that you have to visit pines to see the Pine Warblers.
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