Male defends nesting territory against other Cape Mays and other warbler … This large clutch size may allow Cape May Warbler populations to expand rapidly during outbreaks of their preferred prey, spruce budworms. The same climate change-driven threats that put birds at risk will affect other wildlife and people, too. Or take action immediately with one of our current campaigns below: The Audubon Bird Guide is a free and complete field guide to more than 800 species of North American birds, right in your pocket. Help power unparalleled conservation work for birds across the Americas, Stay informed on important news about birds and their habitats, Receive reduced or free admission across our network of centers and sanctuaries, Access a free guide of more than 800 species of North American birds, Discover the impacts of climate change on birds and their habitats, Learn more about the birds you love through audio clips, stunning photography, and in-depth text. Audubon protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. The English name refers to Cape May, New Jersey, where George Ordcollected the specimen later described by Alexander Wilson. During migration often favors conifers, but also forages in deciduous trees and thickets. Breeds in boreal forest of far northern U.S. and Canada. We protect birds and the places they need. Unlock thousands of full-length species accounts and hundreds of bird family overviews when you subscribe to Birds of the World. Can This Critically Endangered Bird Survive Australia's New Climate Reality? In migration, may pierce grapes and drink the juice. On the breeding grounds, feeds mainly out at the tips of branches of spruce trees. Type in your search and hit Enter on desktop or hit Go on mobile device. Illustration © David Allen Sibley. Lives of North American Birds. During the breeding season, the species lives remote from most human observers, in northern spruce-fir forests, where its nesting success is tied to its chief food, the spruce budworm caterpillar. The legendary birder's latest book is a love letter to Ohio and migratory wonders. Discover them all with Birds of the World. Unique among warblers, the Cape May has a tubular tongue; in winter, it feeds heavily on flower nectar and fruit juices. 44 Perfect Gifts for the Bird and Nature Lovers in Your Life, How the Evening Grosbeak Got Its Misleading Name. (Browse free accounts on the home page.). In Florida and the West Indies in winter, often feeds in the crowns of palm trees. It is migratory, wintering in the West Indies. The 'mythical' Cape May warbler finally makes a UK appearance after 36 years THE top bird on British twitchers’ “most wanted list” made landfall yesterday after an absence of 36 years. Its breeding range spans all but the westernmost parts of southern Canada, the Great Lakes region, and New England. Apparently has become more common overall in recent decades. Listen for males singing their high-pitched songs (be aware it’s quite similar to Bay-breasted Warbler’s song). Probably fed by both parents. Probably incubated by female, unknown number of days. Pale “eye brow” Sharp, dark eye line; White undertail feathers; Photo: John Sutton/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Tennessee Warblers are early birds when it comes to migration, leaving their summer homes by mid-August. Most follow routes east of the Rockies, though a few may winter on the Pacific Coast. Birders easily recognize the tiger-striped males in spring, but drab fall birds can be perplexing. Spruce forest; other trees in migration. The Wood Warblers The large and varied habitats of Cumberland County host more than a dozen species of these breeding songsters each spring and summer. Age at which young leave the nest is not well known. Migrates mostly at night. Every bird has a story. Read an excerpt here. Small warbler with sharp bill that is very slightly downcurved. Also feeds on sap from holes drilled by sapsuckers. Among the dazzling cohort of spring warblers, the first Cape May Warbler to arrive is a balm: its mossy green back, tiger-striped breast, and chestnut cheek patch make it unlike any other warbler. After that first time, Cape May Warblers were not recorded in Cape May for more than 100 years. Each species account is written by leading ornithologists and provides detailed information on bird distribution, migration, habitat, diet, sounds, behavior, breeding, current population status, and conservation. It’s rare west of the Mississippi River. During migration, the species is relatively common in the East, in many wooded habitats (and especially around planted spruces, in keeping with their summer habitat). Our email newsletter shares the latest programs and initiatives. Bald Eagle. Male defends nesting territory against other Cape Mays and other warbler species. Probably built by female. Overwhelmed and Understaffed, Our National Wildlife Refuges Need Help. These unusual warblers have specially shaped tongues that allow them to sip nectar from tropical flowers in winter—and sometimes from hummingbird feeders. Get Instant ID help for 650+ North American birds. New World Warblers(Order: Passeriformes, Family:Parulidae). Age at which young leave the nest is not well known. It is curled and semitubular, used to collect nectar. The common name of the species comes from Cape May, New Jersey, where Alexander Wilson first described it. Nesting. During the breeding season, the species lives remote from most human observers, in northern spruce-fir forests, where its nesting success is tied to its chief food, the spruce budworm caterpillar. Many of our migratory warblers seem to lead double lives, and the Cape May is a good example. Nest: Placed very close to the top of a 35-60' spruce or fir, in thick foliage against trunk. It summers in northern spruce woods, but winters in the Caribbean, where it is often seen in palm trees. Legal Notices Privacy Policy Contact Us. Michael E. Baltz and Steven C. Latta Version: 1.0 — Published March 4, 2020 Text last updated January 1, 1998 Spread the word. Among the dazzling cohort of spring warblers, the first Cape May Warbler to arrive is a balm: its mossy green back, tiger-striped breast, and chestnut cheek patch make it unlike any other warbler. Often flies out several feet to catch flying insects in mid-air. This species was … Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from Nest is cup-shaped and made of moss, vines, weeds; lined thickly with feathers and fur. Unique among warblers, the Cape May has a tubular tongue; in winter, it feeds heavily on flower nectar and fruit juices. 6-7, sometimes 4-9. Nest is very hard to find because female flies into the tree low and then sneaks up the trunk to enter the nest; when leaving it, she moves down the trunk instead of flying directly away. Breeds in spruce forest, either in pure stands or mixed with firs or other trees, generally in more open woods or near the forest edge. Let us send you the latest in bird and conservation news. On breeding grounds, Cape May Warblers are locally common in spruce-fir forests, where they spend most of the day foraging high in the trees.