By Joe Sebastiani, Members Program Team Leader
Last week, I asked you to identify a bird in a photo that I took in September. I gave you four possible correct choices, all of which can be found at Ashland Nature Center in September. Here is the quiz bird…
Common Yellowthroat was a good guess, because the quiz bird has a yellow throat, but there are many differences between this and our quiz bird. The Common Yellowthroat pictured above has yellow going way down onto the belly and if you looked in a bird book, the Yellowthroat has no wing bars. The quiz bird has wing bars, which are the white lines on the wing.
Another good guess was the Orchard Oriole, at least a female, which is pictured above. (Males are brick red). Female Orchard Orioles have wing bars, just like our quiz bird. There is also plenty of yellow on this bird…but a little too much yellow. Our quiz bird just has yellow on the throat. Orchard Orioles are very rare in Delaware in September, but not out of the realm of possibility
What is our quiz bird? A Northern Parula. Northern Parulas are small warblers that migrate through Delaware in Spring and Fall. A few stay to breed in scattered wooded areas around the state, including a few pair in the Red Clay Valley where Ashland Nature Center is located. Hopefully you had fun with the quiz and learned a little about our local birds.