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Friday, October 23, 2015

Photo Share: Blue-winged Warbler

The Blue-winged Warbler began expanding its range northward in the mid-1800s to include Michigan in its nesting territory. Look for them from May to mid-September in overgrown fields and pastures near abandoned human settlements.

The common name refers to the bluish-gray color of the wings that contrast with the bright yellow body of the male. Blue-winged Warbler’s main song is a wheezy “beee-bzzz”, the second note lower. Their alternate song is longer and more complex, consisting of buzzy notes followed by a variable number of short musical notes. Also a long high buzz with twittering notes at start and finish. It also utters a sharp “tisk” call note.

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