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The secretive, skulking Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia) is difficult to view during its spring migration from Central and South America on its journey to boreal breeding habitats and even more problematic in posing long enough to get a usable photograph.
Chuck Hantis captured this species in different poses on May 26, 2020, along Troy Meadows Road in the Troy Meadows Natural Area. Three of his photos are presented here. You can see more of Chuck’s extraordinary photographs at his Flickr site.
In recent years, Troy Meadows Road has become as much of a reliable Mourning Warbler stopover as any. The time frame of its appearance since 2014 falls within May 19-31, occasionally with multiple individuals observed. A streak of ten consecutive days of sightings of this species occurred between May 22-31 in 2019.
Two Mourning Warblers were seen as recent as May 26, 2020. Ironically, a Vermilion Flycatcher was visiting another part of Troy Meadows on that same day viewed and photographed by a fortunate kayaker and not seen since (see that post here).
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