Field Notes

David Fix
41. by David Fix on July 03, 2011 at 02:10 pm

This species can be very common in its comparatively limited breeding range. The loss of >95% of the old-growth and old regrowth forest across w. Oregon since European settlement might be perceived to have had an adverse effect, yet the birds' capacity to use the innumerable closed-canopy stands of "industrial" regrowth Douglas-fir as young as thirty years has surely helped it. This remains among the most abundant birds in Western Oregon from late Apr-late Aug. Males switch from strongly accented "primary" songs to less distinctive "secondary" songs beginning about the summer solstice; few primary songs are heard after about 10 July. After that time, the birds' presence is best known by the insistent begging calls of nestlings or recent fledglings overhead. Regional primary-song dialects exist. Having spent three summers among Hermit Warblers on the first ranger district s. of Mt. St. Helens in the late 1970s, I was delighted to once hear an unmistakable "Wind River Hermit" sing that population's primary song at a minor migratory stopover for the species, well-birded Skinner Butte, above downtown Eugene, Oregon.

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Citation: Personal Experience. I observe this regularly, highly confident.

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