Cape May warbler (Dendroica tigrina)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 4.25 inches
small, active, insect-eating bird
Thin, pointed bill
Adult male alternate:
Chestnut cheek patch
Yellow on throat extends across side of face and onto nape
Yellow underparts with crisp, heavy black streaking
Belly and undertail coverts whiter than breast
Olive crown and back with black streaks
White patch on wings
Basic, female and immature:
Lacks cheek patch of alternate male
Dull yellow on throat extends across side of face and onto nape
Dull yellow to whitish-yellow underparts with fine black streaking
Belly and undertail coverts paler than breast
Olive to grayish crown and back with some black streaking
White wing bars
The breeding-plumaged male Cape May warbler is very distinctive with
its heavily streaked yellow underparts and bold face pattern. Females,
and fall-plumaged birds are more difficult to identify. Some immatures
can become rather grayish in fall with very dull markings. The extensive
fine black streaking on the underparts and the yellow neck patch are
diagnostic. The yellow-rumped warbler is similar but has more blurry
streaking on the breast that is not so extensive as the Cape May. It also
has a brighter yellow rump and a thicker bill. Palm warblers are
somewhat similar but consistently wag their tails and have yellow
Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: Mid-story/canopy nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 4-9
Length of Incubation: ? days
Days to Fledge: ?
Number of Broods: ?
Diet: Primarily insects; lesser quantities of nectar and fruit
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May R
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley