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Gone for Golden-Wings
Ornithologists have described the golden-winged warbler's steep population
decline over recent decades as catastrophic.They nest in Pennsylvania,
which has a key role in ongoing efforts to reverse its decline.

By Kathy Korber

I

hit play on my compact speaker,
adjust the volume and hope for the
best. The speaker repeats a wheezy
Beee-bzz-bzz-bzz over and over again. I
listen intently for a response, although
this songbird often shows up without
a sound. I scan the dense foliage surrounding the shrubby forest opening
for movement, any movement, no
matter how subtle - a slight flutter of
wing feathers, a gently swinging twig. I
strain my eyes, turning my head or using peripheral vision to check in every
direction. As the minutes pass, I get
anxious. After all, it's an early morning in mid-May; they should be here.
The site, an aging clearcut in Tuscarora
State Forest, still looks prime, still possesses that "golden-wingy" feel.
I get excited when I spy a flash of yellow in a tangle of blackberry canes, but
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it's only a common yellowthroat skulking about. Out of nowhere, a brown
thrasher breezes past me, spreading
wings and tail like a rufous folding fan
as it lands in a shrubby dogwood. The
thrasher hops to the ground and begins
working the leaf litter for insects. To my
left, faint movement catches my eye
and I do a double-take. There it is, the
songbird I'm looking for, the goldenwinged warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera).
I quickly note the time, minding the
study's protocol.
The warbler is already close, close
enough to positively identify the
slender bird without binoculars. Of
course, it is a male, ready to defend his
territory against the recorded rival.
This silvery-gray-and-white warbler
is uniquely marked with gold cap and
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