Common Yellowthroat male, 5/11/18

Common Yellowthroat males are the little zorros of wood warblers. Their bandit face masks set against a bright yellow throat make them easy to recognize, and their “witchety, witchety, witchety” song is also an easy one to remember. Typically you’ll find them around thickets and wetland areas, closer to the ground than other warblers foraging higher up in the canopy. Females and juveniles are more drab and lack the mask, but sometimes show hints of them and with paler yellow throats. They are curious birds and will respond to pishing.

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