From Birding

Lifebird #450 – Connecticut Warbler

conwJust a week before Memorial Day, in Veteran’s Memorial Park in Richfield, Joann and I found this Connecticut Warbler. It is the 30th North American warbler we have seen1. Sibley’s lists 51 warblers, so we have another 21 to find. Seven of these rarely or barely cross into the U.S. border from the south2, at least a couple are found only west of the Rockies, and most of the others are tough or impossible to find in Minnesota. We won’t find many of them right here in in the Twin Cities metro area, that’s for sure.

Species  Connecticut Warbler / Oporornis agilis
Where Richfield, Minnesota
When May 21, 2012
Who Joann
Number 450

When I say we “found” this bird, what I really mean is we followed directions posted by someone else on the Minnesota Ornithologist’s Union’s email list ( to the spot where this bird had been heard and seen. Still, we would have missed it if we hadn’t listened to its song on Joann’s iPod app3 on the drive to the park, and if the bird hadn’t sung its heart out in dense brush just a few feet off of a paved path. As it was, it took us about 15 minutes to see the bird as we listened to it singing on a branch slightly above our eye-level not ten feet in front of us. It was that well-hidden and—unlike what we often expect from warblers—it moved very little.

I was lucky to shoot a photo (above) showing the bird’s gray hood and throat, white eyering, and yellow belly.


  1. Since you are dying to know: American Redstart, Bay-breasted Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Canada Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Connecticut Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, Northern Waterthrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Ovenbird, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Yellow Warbler.
  2. We have seen one of these seven, the Gray-crowned Yellowthroat, in the Central American country of Belize.
  3. Audubon’s Birds of North America, recently on sale for iPods/iPads and Android devices for $2.99.

See lifebird index.