prairie warbler (Dendroica discolor)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 4 inches
small, active, insect-eating bird
Thin, pointed bill
Black line goes through eye and encircles yellow spot below
Olive upperparts with rust streaks on back
Yellow underparts with dark streaks on sides
Indistinct pale wing bars
Adult male has brightest plumage, female and immatures duller with black face markings replaced by gray
Frequently wags its tail
Often found in scrubby habitats
Prairie warblers typically have a distinctive face pattern but this can be
difficult to discern in immatures. Prairie warblers often wag their tails.
Palm warblers also wag their tails but are paler below with more streak-
ing on the breast.
Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Successional-scrub
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 3-5
Length of Incubation: 12(11-14) days
Days to Fledge: 9-10(8-11)
Number of Broods: 1, occasionally 2
Diet: Primarily insects
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 R
Fall: September, October, November
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley