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Wilson's warbler in Maryland in late December

January 1, 1949

On December 22, 1947, while participating in a Christmas Bird Count on the eastern shore of Maryland, I observed a Wilson's warbler (Wilsonia pusilla) feeding along a sunny margin of a woods near the Pocomoke River, three miles north of Snow Hill. It was with a flock of myrtle warblers (Dendroica coronata), white-throated sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis), Carolina chickadees (Parus carolinensis), and several other species. My attention was first attracted to the Wilson's warbler by the distinctive call note which it repeated about once a minute. The bird was actively feeding among the dead leaves on a group of young oak trees. The bird was collected and proved to be a female. The skin was preserved for the collection of the Fish and Wildlife Service. The stomach was full, and the contents were identified by Robert T. Mitchell as: fragments of Araneida, 80 per cent; Coleoptera, 10 per cent; Hymenoptera, 10 per cent.

Publication Year 1949
Title Wilson's warbler in Maryland in late December
DOI 10.2307/4080465
Authors C.S. Robbins
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title The Auk
Index ID 5220304
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center