BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER

Setophaga virens virens

Status:  Uncommon regular spring and fall migrant east, rare central, rare casual west.

Documentation:  Specimen: UNSM ZM12010, 14 Sep 1911 Crawford, Dawes Co (Zimmer 1912).

Taxonomy:  Two subspecies are recognized (Pyle 1997): virens, breeding throughout most of the North American range, and waynei, breeding in coastal southeast Virginia and eastern South Carolina. Nebraska migrants are virens.

Spring:  Apr 23,24,25 <<<>>> May 29 (Jorgensen 2012), Jun 1,2

Migrants occur from late Apr through May, with later reports 1 Jun 1995 Schramm SP, Sarpy Co, 2 Jun 2012 Fontenelle Forest, Sarpy Co, 7 Jun 2007 Dawes Co, 11-18 Jun 2016 singing Fontenelle Forest, and 14 Jun 1992 Douglas-Sarpy Cos.

There are three Panhandle reports: 20 May 2014 Kimball, Kimball Co, 22 May 1983 Sioux Co, and 7 Jun 2007 Dawes Co (see above); close to the Panhandle were two singing males at Lake Ogallala, Keith Co 15 May 2004, and one at Venango, Perkins Co 7-8 May 2016.

Bruner et al (1904) cited reports by Aughey 5-6 Jun 1865 Dakota Co and 14 Jun 1875 Lancaster Co; we disregard these (Sharpe 1993).

  • High counts: 4 in Sarpy Co 10 May 2008 and 4 at Fontenelle Forest 13 May 2018.
    A total of 18 were reported in 2018, 9 in spring 2008, and also in 2015.

Fall:  Aug 23,23,25 <<<>>> Oct 22,23,26

Migration begins in late Aug and ends in mid-Oct, with earlier reports 4 Aug 2011 at Fontenelle Forest and 15 Aug Mercer Woods, Omaha, and later reports 31 Oct 1969 McPherson Co, 5 Nov 1980 Douglas-Sarpy Cos (Williams 1981), and 18 Nov 1984 Wayne Co (Williams 1985).

There are six reports from the Panhandle: a specimen taken 14 Sep 1911 in Dawes Co (Zimmer 1912, cited above), 20 Sep 2014 Oliver Reservoir, Kimball Co, 29 Sep 1979 western Dawes Co (Rosche 1982), 8 Oct 1920 Sioux Co (Dawson 1921), 13 Oct 1979 Garden Co (Williams 1980), and 19 Oct 1991 Sheridan Co (Grzybowski 1992).

  • High counts:  5 at Krimlofski Tract, Neale Woods, Washington Co 13 Sep 1998, 5 at Indian Cave SP, Nemaha and Richardson Cos 13 Sep 2010, and 4 in Fontenelle Forest 4 Oct 2015.

Abbreviations

SP: State Park
UNSM: University of Nebraska State Museum

Literature Cited

Bruner, L., R.H. Wolcott, and M.H. Swenk. 1904. A preliminary review of the birds of Nebraska, with synopses. Klopp and Bartlett, Omaha, Nebraska, USA.

Dawson, R.W. 1921. Fall migration in northwestern Nebraska in 1920. Wilson Bulletin 33: 35-37. Grzybowski, J.A. 1992. Southern Great Plains Region. American Birds 46: 113-117.

Jorgensen, J.G. 2012.  Birds of the Rainwater Basin, Nebraska.  Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.

Pyle, P. 1997. Identification Guide to North American Birds. Part I, Columbidae to Ploceidae. Slate Creek Press, Bolinas, California, USA.

Rosche, R.C. 1982. Birds of northwestern Nebraska and southwestern South Dakota, an annotated checklist. Cottonwood Press, Crawford, Nebraska, USA.

Sharpe, R.S. 1993. Samuel Aughey’s list of Nebraska birds (1878): a critical evaluation. NBR 61: 3-10.

Williams, F. 1980. Southern Great Plains Region. American Birds 34: 176-179.

Williams, F. 1981. Southern Great Plains Region. American Birds 35: 198-201.

Williams, F. 1985. Southern Great Plains Region. American Birds 39: 72-75.

Zimmer, J.T. 1912. Several interesting warbler records from Dawes County. Proceedings Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union 5: 50.

Recommended Citation

Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen.  2018.  Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens), Version 1.0. In Birds of Nebraska — Online. www.BirdsofNebraska.org


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