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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Yellow-throated Warbler at Corkscrew Swamp

Most people will see the yellow-throated warbler like this (here seen in early November at Bunche Beach Preserve, Fort Myers, FL):

This is a warbler of the high canopy where it prefers to nest and feed.

It is a wintering warbler in Southern Florida and sometimes can be found in mixed feeding flocks with pine warblers.

Occasionally, it will drop down low enough to permit some good views and the next series of shots aim to highlight this attractive warbler's distinctive looks.

This individual appeared at SW Florida's premier woodland birding hotspot -- Corkscrew Swamp in early November 2012.

It is classified as "Least Concern" and, thankfully, populations show increasing trends which is encouraging.

Perhaps less strongly dimorphic than other warblers, females and juveniles are duller versions of the male.

Not to be confused with the similarly named "Common Yellowthroat", this warbler, does however share some visual cues with the Blackburnian. However, the yellow-throat remains diagnostic [not orange like the Blackburnian].

A spectacular find anywhere in its range in the US, the yellow-throated warbler can be seen in Florida year round.

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