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Look high in the trees to spot this spring singer

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By Horace Brown

It’s the Yellow-Throated Warbler’s time of the year around here.

This bird arrives from its wintering grounds in the central to southern United States very early for a warbler species in Kentucky.

In fact, you can start hearing their unique song in late March to early April.

This song is described as teeeew-teeew-teew-tew-tew-tew-twi as it runs down the scale and grows fainter and fainter, ending in an abrupt higher note.

But even if you hear this bird, don’t be surprised if you have trouble finding it in the branches.

Their song usually is sung from the top of a tree, so you better carry your binoculars with you if you want to view this beautiful little bird (only 5.5 inches long, with an 8-inch wingspan).

I see them in sycamore trees, in and around streams, and this bird is probably our second most common warbler, behind the Prairie Warbler.

Their nests may be from 10 feet to 120 feet above the ground, with an average of around 30 to 60 feet high. It is located far out from the trunk, in an open nest saddled to horizontal branch and usually in a sycamore.

The nest is made of bark strips, grasses, weed stems and plant down and lined with plant down and features.

Four eggs are laid, and sometimes even five, with incubation by the female for 12-13 days, and they may raise two broods.

You can expect them to start heading south before early October.

So, when you start getting that joyful feeling that winter is coming to an end and glorious spring is arriving, grab your binoculars, rush out the door and see and feel how nature allows you to be at peace in the Great Outdoors.

 

To read more bird profiles from Horace Brown, go to www.SentinelNews.com/recreation.