First Warbler of the Season Banded

Black and White Warbler, all banded and ready to go on his way.

Black and White Warbler, all banded and ready to go on his way.

This morning we banded our first Wood Warbler of the spring migration.  He was an after second year male Black and White Warbler.  You may have noticed his “squeaky wheel” song on a walk in the woods as he forages, Nuthatch style, on the side of a tree.  This first wave of spring warblers are almost all males as they want to get the best territories for nesting.  The best territories attract the choicest females and give him the most likely chance of success in passing on his genes to the next generation.  Warbler season has begun!

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