Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tennessee Warbler

Tennessee Warbler
The Tennessee warbler is a bird with a misleading name. The Tennessee warbler was named in 1832 by Alexander Wilson, a naturalist that first scientifically described the species from individuals that he observed on the banks of the Cumberland River in Tennessee. The fact is that the only time you would be likely to see a Tennessee warbler in Tennessee is during migration. These warblers nest in the boreal forests of Canada and the northern United States, including north east Minnesota. Their favorite food is the spruce budworm. During the winter they migrate down to southern Central America and northern South America where they are often found on coffee plantations. During the winter they still eat insects but they also supplement their diet with nectar, particularly from the flowers of the inga trees.


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15 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

lots of human warblers in Tennessee - wonder if that affected the naming...

Karen said...

I was a bit confused when I saw the name of this bird, I've seen these birds here in Canada. Thanks for the clarification!

Ken Schneider said...

Nice image and interesting narrative on the Tennessee Warbler.

Findlay Wilde said...

He is a beauty. From Findlay

Island Rambles Blog said...

lovely capture of such a pretty little bird

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for this information about this lovely bird! It's getting colder here too, and soon I shall have to feed the birds with peanuts and other nuts and seeds.
Wil, ABC Team.

photowannabe said...

Love all the information on birds that you give us every week. I have never seen this bird here in California. Terrific shot.

TexWisGirl said...

pretty little thing.

mick said...

Great photo of a beautiful bird.

Neil said...

Beautiful photo.

Paula Scott said...

Too bad you can't cue up the warbler's song with this post as i would love to hear it.

Stewart M said...

Funny how birds end up with their common names.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW - Stewart M - Melbourne

Pat said...

Beautiful capture and interesting info!

Wally Jones said...

Great informative post. Thank you!

Dave said...

A lovely bird - I have been lucky enough to see them in Venezuela, thanks for sharing
Dave