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Bay-breasted Warbler - Setophaga castanea - Reinita Castaña | by Paul B Jones
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Bay-breasted Warbler - Setophaga castanea - Reinita Castaña

Every morning this warbler would appear in top of the Cecropia trees that push to the upper deck of the Canopy Tower. On my first visits south I would look with moderate interest at neotropical migrants such as this one - familiar from their nesting grounds back in Canada - but turn a closer eye on the new and exciting local species I had never seen before.

 

Now I have a much softer spot for the transient birds, admiring their determination to travel increasingly dangerous journeys north and south between diminishing portions of habitat. Cecropias seem to be natural larders in Central America, often filled with birds. I wonder if the matching bay on the bird, bud and branch are coincidence, or evolved camouflage.

 

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Taken on December 29, 2015