Just Passing Through,….. the Palm Warbler

Birds and Blooms

Palm Warbler, Yellow (Spring)  Setophaga palmarum. hypochrysea
Kowomu Trail,  Carroll County,  Maryland

Like the Magnolia Warbler,  the Palm Warbler’s name has very little to do with its preferred habitat.   The Palm Warbler was named by Johann Friedrich Gmelin,  a German naturalist, botanist, entomologist, herpetologist,  and malacologist based on a specimen collected on Hispaniola,  a Caribbean island with a lot of palm trees.  (I added the Palm tree by the title for humor and a splash of color)   Despite its name, the Palm Warbler is among the northernmost breeding of any Setophaga species.   Only the Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) has a more northerly breeding distribution.

Palm Warbler, Yellow (Fall)  Setophaga palmarum. hypochrysea
Willoughby Run,  Adams County,  Pennsylvania

Setophaga palmarum,  or Palm Warbler include two subspecies,  Setophaga palmarum. Hypochrysea  Yellow)  and eastern pictured here,  and Setophaga palmarum. Palmarum,  or western,  which is much duller in color and are easily identified…

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