[Tweeters] Nesting Black-throated Gray Warbler—Olympia

dan&erika danerika at gmail.com
Thu May 30 07:07:55 PDT 2019

On my blog, https://dantallmansbirdblog.blogspot.com, I have posted photos
of a Black-throated Gray Warbler collecting nesting material. Can any of
you identify what the warbler is collecting? Nests are lined with feathers,
grass fibers, and/or animal hair (Guzy and Lowther 2012
<https://doi.org/10.2173/bna.319>). I don’t know what this warbler is
gathering—perhaps dog hair, as plenty of dogs were being escorted through
tbe park. Any ideas?

Erika and I found this warbler on 27 May 2019 at the McLane Creek Nature
Trail near Olympia, The bird collected objects from the ground along our
path. Females are apparently entirely responsible for nest building and
incubation. Males’ only contribution is to scold the female while she


Dan or Erika Tallman
Olympia, Washington
danerika at gmail.com


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