Nesting Birds of Missouri – Kentucky Warbler

The Kentucky Warbler’s chury, chury, chury can sometimes be difficult to discern from the songs of the Ovenbird or the Carolina Wren.  This warbler builds its nest usually just off the ground, confined within heavy vegetation, and often are parasitized by Brown-headed Cowbird.  This guy was coaxed out with a little playback in a woody thicket near the parking lot at Greer Spring.  Check out the short tail, easily evident in this photo, which is a good field mark for this species.

Kentucky Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
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Nesting Birds of Missouri – Hooded Warbler

Weeta-weeta-wee-teo!

The male Hooded Warbler’s song can be heard within the Ozark National Scenic Riverways longer into the heat of the day than many other songbirds.  This guy, singing alongside quite a few other males occupying adjacent territories, was photographed on the Greer Spring Trail this spring.

Hooded Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Hooded Warbler

Nesting Birds of Missouri – Worm-eating Warbler

From Harrison on the Worm-eating Warbler nest: “On the ground, concealed under drifts of leaves, usually protected overhead by shrubs, briars, saplings.  Built of skeletonized leaves; lined with hair moss (Polytrichium), fine grass, hair.  Typically on hillside or bank of ravine.”  As cryptic as the birds themselves, the nest of a Wormy would only be found with the combination of utmost patience and fortune.  If found, it has been reported that one can get quite close to the nest, the female only flushing if touched!

Click here to listen to the Worm-eating Warbler song.

Worm-eating Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler