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Tiny dancer spotted

A faithful Castanet reader has sent us a photo of a Wilson's warbler perched in a tree at Belmont Park in Kelowna.

"It’s a nice place with a couple of ponds surrounded by housing and a school. I love photographing birds and was excited to get a shot of the Wilson’s warbler, a first for me!" said Roberta Snow.

According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, "Wilson’s warblers enjoy willow and alder thickets, often near water. They are small, bright yellow, with a black cap" and dance "to the rapid beat of their chattering song."

Wilson's warblers breed in B.C. but pass through every state in the U.S. when migrating.

Spring can be the best time to spot the little beauties, as males often sing during migration.

Wilson’s warblers tend to be brighter yellow in the West and paler yellow in the East. Pacific Coast populations have the brightest yellow, almost orange, foreheads and faces. Rocky Mountain and Alaskan birds also tend to be slightly larger than the Eastern and Pacific Coast populations.



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