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Wilson's warbler        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Wilson's warblers, like most North American wood warblers, spend the winter far to the south of their breeding range.   This species nests in willow swamps, streamsides, and wet forests at high altitudes, but are usually hard to find in winter in the continental US.   I photographed these spring migrant males in a freshly-leafed mesquite tree at the Big Morongo Reserve headquarters in southeastern California and in the Box Springs Mountains near Riverside, California (right).   The singing males in the alder bushes, and a female (below), were in south-central Alaska and near Fairbanks, Alaska.

  • bottom: Canon EOS1v, 500mm f4 IS plus 2X converter; Ektachrome 100VS; fill-in flash (2002, 2003)
  • others: Canon 1D Mk. II, 1D4, or 7D2; 500mm f4 IS plus 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2004, 2011, 2016)