Birds of Seabrook Island

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  Order Passeriformes
   Suborder Passeres - Oscines (Song Birds)
      Parvorder Passerida (Superfamily Passeroidea)
         Nine-primaried Oscines
            Family Parulidae - Wood-Warblers (New World Warblers)

  Passerines are generally smaller than non-passerines. They have a perching foot with three toes directed forward and the one backward with locking tendons to facilitate perching when their tendons are flexed. All passerines scratch by bringing the foot over the wing. Incubation ranges from 11 -21 days. Young hatch blind with little or no down and spend 10-15 days or so in the nest - development is rapid and parents provide care beyond fledging.
Oscines are passerines with complex syringeal musculature used to produce varied vocalizations. 
Passeroids include the Nine-primaried Oscines, pipits, Old World sparrows, and weavers.
Nine-primaried Oscines include New World warblers, icterids (New World blackbirds), emberizines (buntings), tanagers, cardinalines (cardinals), and fringillines (finches).
NNew World Warblers are small and mostly arboreal, nine-primaried oscines with slender bills. Many are sexually dimorphic with brightly colored nuptial plumages. More northerly populations are migratory.  Our most obvious permanent resident is the Pine Warbler. Northern Parulas and Yellow-throated Warblers are prominent breeding warblers. In winter, look for the most abundant North American warbler, the Yellow-rumped Warbler, the less abundant Palm Warbler and Orange-crowned Warbler. The Black-and-white Warbler is a common migrant. Many other warblers may be found on Seabrook during migration, especially in the fall when their identification may be difficult.
Thicket Warblers (Oporornis). Although brightly colored, these warblers are found near the ground in dense cover. Their songs are distinctive.
 
Can I count that species?
 
     
  □ Connecticut Warbler, Oporornis agilis
 
Cornell     USGS     Wiki     EoL
        MIGRATION - Very rare / Accidental
            BOGS, OPEN DECIDUOUS WOODS NEAR WATER (poplar, aspen)
 
 
   The Connecticut Warbler is an elusive species, more often found along the coast in the fall. The birds are an olive color without distinctive markings (tail or wing). They have a complete white eye ring and the head becomes gray in older birds forming a hood. They have pale yellow under parts, including long tail coverts. Their song is a series of four-syllable phrases. Connecticut Warblers nest in central Canada (Quebec to Alberta) and south to the Lake Superior region and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. They are found on or near the ground in dense brushy vegetation.
 
       
  NOTES:
   Checklists -
      Kiawah - rare spring and fall.
      Coastal - rare transient. Hilton Head - rare migrant.
      ACE - accidental.
   P&G: Very rare migrant. 6 May - 20 May, 22 September - 15 October. 12 acceptable reports, 4 specimens. They are recorded more often in the Piedmont in the spring and the coastal plain in the fall.
   M&P: Add 6 records,
   Avendex: 8 records. All fall: September - November.
   Potter: Frequent wet thickets. Spring transients favor the mountains and western piedmont (early May). Fall migrants (mid-September to mid-October) are more likely to be along the coast.
  ●  Rare migrant on Seabrook. They are probably more common than they appear to be but it would require netting to find them.
 
 

"Can I Count That (Species)?"

   While banding in New England on the coast, we has a regular stream of "bird-watchers" stopping by with the question "What do you have?" meaning "what have you seen that is RARE." The Connecticut Warbler falls in this category. We had captured one when a birder arrived and we showed him the bird as we handled it. However, he was uncertain whether he could add it to his Life List or not because it wasn't loose/wild. We solved his dilemma by telling him to watch as we let it go. He did and the bird settled in a nearby bush to rearrange his feathers, giving the birder a good look at the individual in the "wild."
       
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