Friday, April 8, 2016

Northern Parula Song


Northern Parula singing in the swamp - a type of Warbler it is a rare bird to get on film on its winter grounds - its loud cheerful call lets you know its near, but getting it on video as it flits rapidly in dense cover is the hard part. 
Filmed at Corksrew Swamp Sanctuary this bird has also been observed in the Backyard in 2014 but without the song - see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zV4GwIZtGo

Northern Parulas breed in mature forests along streams, swamps, and other bottomlands. They're closely associated with epiphytic plants that grow on the branches of canopy trees. In the southern U.S. they use Spanish moss; farther north they use beard moss. Key tree species include water, willow, and swamp chestnut oak, black gum, eastern hemlock, sugar and red maple, birches, and sycamore On its tropical wintering grounds, parulas use many habitat types including fields, pastures, scrub, woodland, and coffee, cacao, and citrus plantations.
Spiders and many kinds of insects, particularly caterpillars. Also eats beetles, moths, ants, wasps, bees, flies, locusts, and others. During the breeding season Northern Parulas also occasionally eat bud scales and on wintering grounds they sometimes eat berries, seeds, or nectar.
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Parula

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Northern Parula Song