Monday, August 15, 2011

Blue-winged X Lawrence's Warbler?

Andy Rzeznikiewicz, Sanctuary Manager of the CAS Center at Pomfret and the adjoining 700-acre Bafflin Sanctuary, recently banded an intriguing warbler. It looks as if it has characteristics of a Blue-winged Warbler and Lawrence's Warbler, a hybrid of Golden-winged Warbler and Blue-winged Warbler.

Andy has found Lawrence's Warbler in the area in the past. Our Bafflin Sanctuary has a high number of breeding Blue-winged Warblers so it is not too surprising to find hybrids among them. What do you think of this bird?

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation Technician

Photos © Andy Rzeznikiewicz

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