"In fact, I saw more Brewster's warblers yesterday than I did golden-wings" Could this hybridization contribute to the threat facing the already rare Golden-winged?
Sent using Zoho Mail ---- On Wed, 13 May 2020 08:35:26 -0400 CobyNomi Klein <dobyn...@gmail.com> wrote ---- > Sterling Forest was eerily quiet yesterday. I've never seen the place that > empty, of birds and people. I still ended up seeing 55 species, including 14 > warbler species ,(I've never been so disappointed with such a high count). > There was one golden-wing at the base of the hill, heading north on the > power line trail at the end of Ironwood Dr. Further north, up the hill was a > Brewster's warbler singing his little heart out. In fact, I saw more > Brewster's warblers yesterday than I did golden-wings, one on the power line > trail and one on the rifle range trail on the east side of Long Meadow Rd. > And what's really amazing is that I'm fairly certain those are the exact > same Brewster's I saw, in those exact same spots, singing the same unusual > songs, the last time I was there, 2 YEARS AGO! > The other thing that struck me was that the golden-wings are going to be in > trouble there and for once the culprits aren't humans. It's the beavers. > They've dammed up the stream that runs through the swamp at the bottom of > the hill on the east side of the power line trail (as you head north), > creating an enormous pond and inundating a large tract of golden-wing > nesting habitat. Beaver ponds that drowned warbler habitat at the rifle > range and Blue Lake have been recently drained and the tussock sedge that > the warblers nest in has regrown, but the beavers cut down so many trees and > drowned so many others. The golden-wings (in Sterling Forest at least) like > their nests to be in swamp forest not open swamp so I don't know if they are > going to be able to move back in. It's hard times for everyone these days. > C. Klein -- > NYSbirds-L List Info: Welcome and Basics > Rules and Information > Subscribe, Configuration and Leave > Archives: The Mail Archive > Surfbirds > ABA Please submit your > observations to eBird! -- -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01 Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --