Thursday, October 1, 2015

Yellow-rumped Warblers are the most common species of warbler in North America. Locally, they breed at higher elevations such as the nearby Spring Mountains. In September, they arrive in Shoshone and all along the Amargosa River and will be present for the entire winter. 
It is not known whether the same individuals are present all winter or if there is a “flow” of them constantly going through. Most likely some combination of the two. There are two species of Yellow-rumped Warbler in North America.
Here in the west, the Audubon’s Warbler can be identified first by the yellow throat. Its Eastern counterpart, the Myrtle Warbler, has a white throat. They will eat insects anywhere that they can find them and will also come to the feeder for suet or dried fruit in winter. Sometimes there are so many Yellow-rumps
around that it’s difficult to keep track of them. Make sure to check as many warblers as you can, even if it means "sifting through alot of Yellow-rumps",because around here, anything can happen and you never know when a rarity will pop up. 

 My opinion is that there are rare and unusual birds going through Shoshone and the entire Amargosa River Valley all the time, but go undetected due to lack of observers.


    I recent years, rarities around here have included Wood Thrush,

Prothonotary Warbler,

Black and White Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler ( China Ranch)
and many more.
. In nearby Pahrump, NV, a Hooded Warbler wintered at the Cantino’s place a couple years ago. Warbler watching is really challenging.Your best bet is to try to get a look directly at the face of the bird. Like sparrows, Warbler faces are usually definitive.    

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