Documentation of Cape May Warbler

Observer Information

Reporter:  David Dowell  3721 Staghorn Dr,   Longmont, CO  80503
Other Observers:  none

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Cape May Warbler
First Date/Time:  5/16/2021 6:00:00 AM
Last Date/Time:  5/16/2021 6:30:00 AM
Duration (total time in view):  10 minutes
County:  Yuma
Specific Location:  Hale area
Number:  1
Age:  Adult
Sex:  Male
Plumage:  Breeding


cottonwood trees in riparian area

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  binoculars, camera
Distance:  as close as 10 feet
Light:  early morning sun

Description of the Bird

Shortly after stepping out of the car, I heard a bird singing a song that sounded like that of a Cape May Warbler.  The bird was singing and calling often and was thus easily located foraging in a cottonwood tree.  Observing the bird for a good while, I was able to see key characteristics such as the chestnut cheek patch and streaked yellow breast.

Similar Species Discussion

None.  The plumage of a male Cape May Warbler is distinctive.

Resources Used

The Warbler Guide

Audobon phone app (recordings of songs and calls) 

Previous Experience

I've seen several Cape May Warblers previously, mostly in Florida.  I was familiar with the song from "homework" (listening to recordings).


Notes made AFTER observation

Materials Available

Photographer: David Dowell


Date Documentation Submitted

5/18/2021 9:05:00 PM
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