[TN-Bird] Cerulean Warbler, Connecticut Warbler, etc. (Greene Co., TN)

  • From: Alice Loftin / Don Miller <pandion@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: TN-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, butternuts@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2009 22:42:01 -0400 (EDT)

August 1, 2009 
Greene County: Greeneville, etc. 

Rain in Greeneville last night and early this morning produced a nice fallout 
of birds. I spent a little over half an hour birding a vacant woodlot in town 
between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. and found the following: 

Cooper's Hawk 
White-eyed Vireo 
Red-eyed Vireo (2) 
Purple Martin 
Gray Catbird (3) 
Cerulean Warbler (female or immature) 
Black-and-white Warbler (adult male) 
American Redstart (2 female and/or immature) 
Worm-eating Warbler 
Connecticut Warbler (female or immature) 
Hooded Warbler (calling). 

Elsewhere later in the day I added Wild Turkey (9), Solitary Sandpiper, Eastern 
Wood-Pewee (3), Great Crested Flycatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Common 
Yellowthroat, and Grasshopper Sparrow. 

The Connecticut Warbler, a rare species, was really astonishing, given the fact 
that today's date is five or six weeks before we would normally expect to find 
one. I distinguished it from similar species (especially Mourning Warbler) by 
the following combination of field marks: 

eyering: complete, thick, and bold, without other obvious facial features; 
upperparts: olive-brown, without wingbars or other patterning; 
breast and belly: very pale yellow; 
undertail coverts: very pale yellow; 
legs and feet: pale pink. 

The facial pattern and pale yellow underparts distinguish it from Mourning 
Warbler, which would be slightly more expectable but nonetheless rare. 

I viewed the bird from about 20-30 feet in the understory at the edge of the 
woodlot at a height a little above eye-level. It had flushed from a low thicket 
nearby and perched above me when I picked it up with binos (10x Bausch & Lomb). 
It was frontlit in dappled shade. It did not vocalize. Although I did not see 
the throat or bill, I was able to view the the rest of the bird briefly but 

Other August reports for Connecticut Warbler in East Tennessee include the 

August 21, 2008 (Clyde Austin 4-H Center, Greene County) (Don Holt); 
August 23, 2007 (banding station, Hamilton County) (David Aborn). 

Don Miller 
Greeneville, Greene Co., TN 

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