Documentation of Hooded Warbler

Observer Information

Reporter:  Sally Waterhouse  13623 County Road 261L,   Nathrop, CO  81236-7713
Other Observers:  Greg Mihalik was the first to find and identify this bird earlier same morning; we then viewed and listened to the bird together

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Hooded Warbler
First Date/Time:  5/5/2020 11:00:00 AM
Last Date/Time:  5/5/2020 1:00:00 PM
Duration (total time in view):  1 hour overall as it came in and out of view or sang
County:  Chaffee
Specific Location:  Sands Lake State Wildlife Area
Number:  1
Age:  Adult
Sex:  Male
Plumage:  Breeding


tall willows/cottonwoods but primarily foraging around an old building

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  binoculars
Distance:  various
Light:  excellent

Description of the Bird

Clear view of characteristic black hood with yellow face, breast and belly with olive green back.The bird was singing frequently both from high perches (50ft. plus) and lower branches.  It was foraging along the foundation and gutter of an older building along with numerous Yellow-rumped Warblers.  A couple times it worked a circuit around the immediate area and briefly down to the river.  It would be quiet for up to about 20 minutes but at least once sang continuously for 10 minutes.

Similar Species Discussion

Frankly there's not anything that could be easily confused with good looks at this species.

Resources Used

We were both familiar with this species from birding in the East.  We did check song against Sibley recording.

Previous Experience

I birded for 30 years plus in Ohio often going to southern Ohio where this bird breeds.  I have seen numerous times all the other N.A. yellow breasted, olive backed with black on head warblers.



Materials Available

Photographer: Sally Waterhouse

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Date Documentation Submitted

5/5/2020 3:38:00 PM
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