Blackpoll Warbler

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Male Blackpoll Warbler

A male Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) was heard singing in the early morning hours around the Visitor Center, finally revealing himself on a high branch in a nearby tree. Their high-pitched song is short and made up of a series of choppy, rapid notes that can be hard to detect. During the breeding season, males are black and white with a notable black cap, white cheeks, and orange legs. Females are more plain-looking, lacking the black cap and white cheeks. After overwintering in South America, blackpoll warblers migrate through the eastern U.S. and Caribbean on their way to breed in the boreal forests of Canada. 

Photo by Bill Moses.