Tennessee Warbler singing at base of Mount Elden
15 May 2018, 11:04 AM,
Tennessee Warbler singing at base of Mount Elden
This morning on a run I was stopped in my tracks by a distinctive, loud, staccato song in the forest at the base of Mt. Elden, just west of Trinity Heights. I pished in a small warbler which sat 12 feet directly overhead in a newly leafing-out Gambel's Oak. With no binocs (or camera) I could clearly see a short-tailed warbler-sized bird uniformly clean and white below, and with a dark eyeline, gray face and crown (no views of the back). The bird sang again several times at close range as I watched. Without song, I might have passed the bird off as a Warbling Vireo, which is the only similar-looking species I can think of that is expected. The song, however, was very distinctive, and clearly not WAVI. For anyone looking to track down the bird, the song I heard was 'Song #2', here:


Here is a near-exact location:

Flagstaff, AZ
15 May 2018, 12:18 PM,
RE: Tenessee Warbler singing at base of Mount Elden
Also, I got to wondering about whether or not a Tennessee Warbler should be singing in migration and away from breeding grounds, and so was gratified to read this in Birds of North America: "Sings during spring migration (mid- to late May)...During migration, often sings while foraging in midcanopy".
15 May 2018, 2:01 PM,
RE: Tenessee Warbler singing at base of Mount Elden
Nice find!  Bit, I can't  find the song you're referencing in the above link.
15 May 2018, 2:53 PM,
RE: Tenessee Warbler singing at base of Mount Elden
Tom, here's a direct link to "Song #2" on the Audubon site.
20 May 2018, 10:58 AM,
RE: Tennessee Warbler singing at base of Mount Elden
A bit late, but I can confirm that Tennessee warblers sing during migration. In fact, they sing almost non-stop. One of my most vivid memories from spring migration is the cacophony of Tennessee warblers in the forests at Tensas NWR in Louisiana in early May. They nearly drowned out all of the other species present.

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