Monday, March 17, 2014

At The Feeders: Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus/Dendroica pinus*)

March 17th, 2014. We installed a couple of log feeders in mid-December, 2013. Our inspiration came from a log feeder at the Ontario FeederWatch Cam sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that was visited regularly by a Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus). 

Within a day or so of installation, Downy Woodpeckers (Picoides pubescens) began to feed at these logs and, within a few days, other birds began to investigate the logs. 

I first spotted the Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus/Dendroica pinus*) on February 2nd, feeding on the ground with the Chipping Sparrows (Spizella passerina) and the American Goldfinches (Spinus tristis). 

But then I saw it was on the log feeders. It is very adept at perching on the logs to feed, occasionally alone...  

or, peacefully, in the company of other birds. 

Perched on a branch near the log feeders. 

It also fed at a suet block attached to a platform feeder alone on many occasions, and rarely,...
in the company of other birds.

The Pine Warbler would come to the feeders several times a day but I haven’t seen it since March 10th in spite of the cold, wet weather. It’s resident in the Southeast throughout the year, but we might not see it again until next Winter. 

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Related posts:   
- At The Feeders: Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 

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