Sunday, June 30, 2013

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat - Geothlypis trichas

The Elbow Valley Constructed Wetland is an ideal habitat for the Common Yellowthroat. These birds enjoy water with bulrushes, cattails, and willows. This male was singing up a storm on a willow by the shelter. I saw him yesterday morning and today he cooperated for some photographs. 

In the Warbler family, the Common Yellowthroat and the Yellow Warbler are the most widely distributed in North America. Some Common Yellowthroats in the southern climes do not migrate and are sedentary, which is not a common Warbler trait.


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