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terned head - black mask and bib
contrasting white. The striking little
songbird does not remain still for long,
flitting to and from sapling and shrub
on rapidly beating wings. After several
minutes of watching the golden-wing
disappear from one spot only to reappear in another, I spy another small
bird. This one is dangling upside down
on a drooping branch of curled leaves,
probing into a rolled leaf with its thin,
straight bill. It is a female goldenwinged warbler and she expertly
retrieves a small green caterpillar from
the leafy bundle. Her prey wriggles a bit
but is firmly held between her sharply
pointed mandibles. The mostly gray
female dons a less brilliant greenishgold cap and wing patches and a pale
gray mask.
The female's appearance is brief,
a quick bite to eat and she departs,
probably slipping back to a concealed
nest somewhere close by - typically
on the ground at the base of goldenrod
or another thick-stemmed plant. The
male, however, sticks around until
the recording stops and then takes a
position high on a sapling shoot and
begins singing. From this high post,
he sings with exuberance, proclaiming his territory. He continues singing
and his bee-bzz-bzz-bzz fades only with
distance as I eventually head back to
my car. I finish recording my observations onto the data form, ecstatic to
place two Gs in the appropriate time
bands indicating the presence of a pair
of golden-winged warblers at the site.
Golden-wings have strong site fidelity
and I wonder if the birds will return to
this territory to breed and nest again
next spring.
The study, a Cornell Lab of
Ornithology project in cooperation
MAY 2014

with the Game Commission, is just one
ongoing effort to help this declining
species. It is part of a larger international, multi-organization Golden-winged
Warbler Conservation Initiative, a
plan initiated by the Golden-winged
Warbler Working Group that considers
the golden-wing's full life cycle.
Ornithologists have described the
golden-winged warbler's steep population decline over recent decades as
catastrophic. It has experienced one
of the sharpest declines of any North
American songbird. Habitat loss and
hybridization with the blue-winged
warbler are the primary causes for
the decline. Survey data estimate an
annual population decline of 2.6 percent per year since monitoring began in
1966. Range-wide - eastern and upper

Hal Korber

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