Field Notes

David Fix
35. by David Fix on July 02, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Much of the somewhat disjunct w. population is partial to brushfields resulting from loss of trees in recently forested settings, such as caused by logging, wildfire, and insects. Because most of the w. birds summer in the mountains--often on steep slopes or in canyons, chiefly away from water or sites otherwise well used for recreation or residence--many birders come to recognize how common Nashville Warbler is as a breeding bird only across the span of a few years. The call-note of w. Nashvilles is thin yet sharp, with a subtle explosive quality to it; this can be learned with a little experience. It's perhaps best written peetz!

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

Dave Irons
reply by Dave Irons on July 03, 2011 at 07:03 pm

As suggested by David Fix's comments, one might bird in the American West for many years before getting a handle on the preferred breeding habitat of Nashville Warblers. During the first couple decades that I birded in Oregon, Nashville Warbler habitat was what I drove through (rarely stopped to bird) as I made my way from the Willamette Valley, where I lived, to the high desert country east of the Cascades. It was not until I returned to Oregon (1998) after living in the Midwest for eight years that I redirected my birding attentions to the mid-to-higher elevation slopes of the Cascades. I quickly came to understand that Nashvilles are quite common on steep slopes that are slightly drier and semi-open as a result of logging or a fire event. While scouting for a state wide big day in the mid-2000's, my team and I were looking for a place along Oregon Hwy 58 that might have easily accessible Nashvilles. As we drove along at highway speed just w. of Oakridge in eastern Lane County, I pointed to a perfect-looking slope on the south side of the highway and said "there." We turned off on a side road that circled back to the base of the hill. Upon getting out of the car the song of a Nashville rang out almost immediately.

Mark S. Szantyr
56. by Mark S. Szantyr on July 03, 2011 at 08:32 pm

Though Nashville Warbler is a scarce nester in CT, I have found them in both very wet boggy situations and on power lines, higher and drier than bogs and usually having somewhat more of a slope. In Ct, in the fall, occasional Nashvilles are identified as western because of a tail-wagging behavior. I have seen birds that I have identified as eastern Nashvilles by plumage characters also wagging their tails. Do you western guys have any comment on this behavior?

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