I had thought the warblers below to be a female Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) having returned to Flower Hill Farm. Indeed I was wrong in identifying this nimble Nashville Warbler (Vermivora ruficapilla) that was busy gleaning the Crabapple orchard of tiny insects from within a profusion of blossoms.
Life is simple for now, but soon this small songbird will mate and help to raise a family. The female may use a few porcupine quills in her nest and she will find a good supply of them under a beloved apple tree . . . before the blueberry field . . . that . . . alas! . . . the porcupines are particularly fond of gnawing.
This passerine darts quickly about the branches . . . at times reminding me of a trapeze artist.
Unless I have made the same mistake previously, this will be my first ever capture of a Nashville Warbler here at Flower Hill Farm. I offer below some other photos of what I believe to be a female or immature Common Yellowthroat. The two can be confusing and since I was so familiar with the Common Yellowthroat and expected to see her again, I too quickly assigned a misnomer.
The head of this warbler is not gray . . . there is no distinct eyering . . . and the color of the head and back is more olive brown. There is a tiny bit of a black line beginning from the bill just under the eye, however. The Common Yellowthroat is a larger bird than that of the Nashville Warbler.
I think I did hear a Nashville Warbler today along with the calls and songs of a Common Yellowthroat. Hopefully I will not be fooled again. Many thanks to ‘Chlorophonia’ for the proper identification of the Nashville Warbler.