June 28, 2018
You don’t have to stop looking at vibrant warblers just because spring migration is over!
What it looks like: The Blue-winged Warbler has bright yellow underparts that contrast strongly with white undertail coverts. It has a sharp black bill and a dark eye line that really stands out on its bright yellow face and crown. That yellow crown fades to a green nape and back, which itself blends into blue-gray wings that have white wing bars.
That’s lots of color for a little bird! Males and females are quite similar, with females differing only in that they are slightly duller in color than the males.
They are perhaps most visible during summer, when males are territorial and females can be seen tending to young.
In this habitat, Blue-wings are often easy to see by warbler standards because they tend to be around eye level or slightly above.
The shrubby fields that they nest in is a declining habitat in Connecticut. The Connecticut Audubon Society is managing several preserves to maintain and increase shrubby areas, for Blue-winged Warblers and other species. There are ongoing projects at the Bafflin Preserve in Pomfret, Trail Wood in Hampton, and the Croft Preserve in Goshen, and a newer project at the Chaney Preserve in Montville.
Photo by Jamie Chavez, Carolinabirds.org