Re-evaluating Bay-breasted Warbler breeding range: nine-years presence in Lower Michigan

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Abstract

The breeding range of the Bay-breasted Warbler (Dendroica castanea) is thought to include only the northernmost portions of six northeastern and northcentral states in the United States. During a 10-year banding study of Kirtland's Warblers (Dendroica kirtlandii) in northern Lower Michigan, we caught 44 Bay-breasted Warblers outside of their reported migration dates during 9 of the 10 years. Two birds captured in 1997 were in breeding condition; one possessed a cloacal protuberance and the other a full brood patch. We also captured two hatching year birds with fleshy rictal flanges in 1997. We suggest that these records indicate a long term presence of Bay-breasted Warblers on breeding grounds considerably farther south than previously recorded.
Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Re-evaluating Bay-breasted Warbler breeding range: nine-years presence in Lower Michigan
Series title The Wilson Bulletin
Volume 114
Issue 3
Year Published 2002
Language English
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 415-416
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Wilson Bulletin
First page 415
Last page 416
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