Black-throated Green Warbler with Spruce budworm

Posted by Paul Rossi on Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:48 pm

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Taken in Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula  (EUP)

The EUP super abundance of Spruce budworm has not yet declined or caused very much change in certain mixed forests (composed of primarily Spruce, Cedar, Balsam fir, with some Tamarack, Poplar, and Birch) with are locally preferred by nesting Black-throated Green Warblers.  The extra food has resulted in much higher territory densities of this species. On a decent weather morning in June, on a walk through our 2 mile long peninsula, you cannot go anywhere without hearing their song or calls.  This image was taken at the beginning of the Spruce budworm infestation a few years ago.

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by Karl Egressy on Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:00 pm
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Nice action shot with the worm in the beak. Love the setting too.

by Ron Day on Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:37 pm
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Great information and behavioral image, Paul. It is wonderful that the warblers help control this pest.

by Carol Clarke on Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:10 pm
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Ron Day wrote:
Great information and behavioral image, Paul. It is wonderful that the warblers help control this pest.

Couldn't agree more!

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by Cynthia Crawford on Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:19 am
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So great to see all these birds eating the budworms, and a boon for you too! Lovely shot.
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