Adirondack birders in search of Cape May Warblers have a variety of birding sites to choose from, particularly in Females lay four to nine whitish eggs with red-brown spots, with an average clutch size of six. In nonbreeding (basic) plumage, females are duller, with less distinct streaking. One is a very high-pitched, thin "seet seet seet seet seet." Cape May Warblers are about five inches long, with a wingspan of 7.63 inches, weighing in at an average of 0.41 ounces. Also feeds on sap from holes drilled by sapsuckers. Princeton University Press, New Jersey, USA. Explore Birds of the World to learn more. John Bull and John Farrand, Jr. Eds. The Cape May Warbler is a member of the New World Warbler or Wood Warbler family (Parulidae). Birds of the Adirondacks. (1998). These warblers have a yellow to greenish rump and a thin, very pointed bill which curves slightly downward. Very few people have reported observing courtship in Cape May Warblers. The Cape May Warbler's alternate song consists of several two-syllable notes. Look for them toward the edges, where insects and their larvae are most abundant. Cape May Warblers are said to use all types of woodland during migration. Here's a sampling of who to look for at our South Cape May Meadows Preserve right now. Jonathan Alderfer, Ed. Version 1019 Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Bird Banding Laboratory 2019. Margaret McKenny. Feral and domestic cats probably kill small numbers during migration, though Cape Mays tend to forage higher than most cats hunt. Setophaga tigrina. the northern Adirondacks and High Peaks region, as listed in Peterson and Lee's Adirondack Birding guide. *Mobile Terms & Conditions Partners in Flight. Version 2.07.2017. A. and A. S. Love. Among the dazzling cohort of spring warblers, the first Cape May Warbler to arrive is a balm: its mossy green back, tiger-striped breast, and chestnut cheek patch make it unlike any other warbler. Part One and Part Two, Populations of Bay-Breasted and Cape May Warblers during an Outbreak of the Spruce Budworm, Cape May Warbler Breeding in New York State, Lake Colby Railroad Tracks (Saranac Lake), Jackrabbit Trail at River Road (Lake Placid), White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus), List of Adirondack Amphibians and Reptiles. It is who we are and how we work that has brought more than 65 years of tangible lasting results. Geoffrey Carleton.  Birds of Essex County, New York. Setophaga tigrina. Warblers of the Great Lakes Region & Eastern North America (Firefly Books, 2003), pp. Cape May is such a legendary and productive hotspot that you can find doorstop-sized books written about birds and birding on this tiny peninsula. Setophaga tigrina. They capture most prey by probing and picking while perched, but they also chase flying insects and occasionally hover-glean prey from the tips of branches. The species reportedly was not seen in Cape May again until 1920. Modern lumber practices are also thought to have contributed to the Cape May's decline, due to the use of insecticides to control spruce budworms. 212-224.  Kindle Book. Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America. Cape May Warbler. This bird's tongue, which is unique among warblers, is curled and semi-tubular to assist in the collection of nectar. Retrieved 17 November 2018. National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Birds of North America (Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 2007), p. 385. Fall migration begins in August, with most birds having departed their breeding grounds by late September. American Woodock feed heavily on earthworms to build up their body-fat reserves before crossing the Delaware Bay and continuing south. New World Warblers(Order: Passeriformes, Family:Parulidae). Ornithologist James Bond reported in 1937 seeing a male flying “with rigid wings” above a female as she was building the nest. Several other warbler species are similar to the Cape May Warbler in appearance. Frank M. Chapman. Undated. Retrieved 17 November 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018. iNaturalist.  Adirondack Park Sightings. Fall migration is said to follow a more easterly route through the northeastern Atlantic coastal states. Longevity records of North American birds. An estimated 98% of Cape May Warblers breed in Canada. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 2016 Revision for Canada and Continental United States, pp. Retrieved 23 November 2018. Sauer, J. R., D. K. Niven, J. E. Hines, D. J. Ziolkowski, Jr, K. L. Pardieck, J. E. Fallon, and W. A. Cape May Warblers (Setophaga tigrina) are small songbirds with off-white to yellow, streaked underparts, a narrow eyeline, and a fine, slightly decurved bill. 61-65, 70-77, 91-94, 114-116 Retrieved 17 November 2018. Cape May Warblers breed in forests of spruce and balsam fir, especially in areas where spruce budworms are abundant. This is another species that eschews its supposed home state. Partners in Flight Science Committee 2013. Look for Cape May Warblers foraging near the tops of spruce and fir trees, hopping quickly from branch to branch while picking insects from the undersides of the needles. Third Edition (High Peaks Audubon Society, 1999), p. 35. Checklist of North American Birds. Cape May Warblers appear to spend most of their time, at least in their breeding grounds, in the upper most branches of tall evergreens, particularly spruces. Sauer, J. R., D. K. Niven, J. E. Hines, D. J. Ziolkowski Jr., K. L. Pardieck, J. E. Fallon, and W. A. David Allen Sibley. They might be considered spruce budworm specialists, as their populations rise and fall sharply with the prevalence of this pest of the boreal forest. Peterson and Gary N. Lee. Third Edition (D. Appleton & Company, 1907), pp. Common Loons leave the northern lakes that serve as their summer breeding grounds and head down the Atlantic coast. The only confirmed record in both surveys was along the West Branch of the Ausable River in Essex County. It is thought that only the male Cape May Warbler sings, usually from near the tops of spruce trees, singing for an extended period of time. Though monarch population numbers continue to vacillate, monitoring groups are cautiously optimistic about Cape May’s 2018 crop of butterflies. Banding studies conducted in Cape May Point have documented the importance of the Atlantic coast as a fall migration route for these diminutive raptors. Bond, J. Privacy Statement US Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA. It is one of at least 33 species that make up the Setophaga genus. Retrieved 16 November 2018. The Cape May Warbler is said to be an aggressive bird, defending its food sources and vigorously chasing other birds away from its favored feeding areas at all times of the year. Roger Tory Peterson. But when it comes to the true spectacle of songbird migration, many places in the east have us beat by a mile, as the warbler flies. Avibase.  The World Bird Database.  Cape May Warbler.