BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER

Setophaga fusca

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

Documentation:  Specimen: UNSM ZM6893, 15 May 1920 Ashland, Cass Co.

Taxonomy:  No subspecies are recognized (Pyle 1997).

Spring:  Apr 28,30, May 2 <<<>>> May 30,31,31

Migration takes place in May. There are later reports 5 Jun 1961 Douglas-Sarpy Cos, 13 Jun 2010 Omaha, Douglas Co and 17 Jun 2016 in Fontenelle Forest, Sarpy Co.

Reports from the Panhandle are surprisingly numerous; there are about 16 in the period 9-31 May and additional reports 1 Jun 2011 Kimball, Kimball Co and 9- 29 Jun 1981 Garden Co (Williams 1981). It is of interest that there are two summer records for the Black Hills in South Dakota, including possibly territorial birds in 1967 (Tallman et al 2002).

  • High counts: 15 at Walnut Grove Park, Omaha 23 May 2008, 6 at Fontenelle Forest 17 May 1996, 6 in Sarpy Co 14 May 2011, and 5 at Schramm SP, Sarpy Co 12 May 2018.
    A season total of 7 was “their most ever for a spring season” by observers in Sarpy Co in 1995. An impressive 45 were reported by all observers in spring 2008, 31 in 2018, and 29 in 2011.

Fall:  Aug 13,17,18 <<<>>> Oct 5,8,8

Migration is from late Aug through early Oct, with an earlier report 7 Aug 2005 Otoe Co and later reports 12 Oct 1997 immature male Ash Hollow SHP, Garden Co (Brogie 1998), 14 Oct 1964 Cass Co, 19 Oct 1974 Douglas Co (Williams 1975), 26 Oct 1999 Schramm SP, Sarpy Co (Jorgensen 2001), 29 Oct 1983 Douglas-Sarpy Cos, and 9 Nov 2002 adult female Dixon Co (Brogie 2003).

Away from the east this species is very rare in fall, with only 18 reports in all; a surprising 10 of these are from the Panhandle: 23 Aug 1996 Morrill Co, 27 Aug 2007 Morrill, Scotts Bluff Co, 2 Sep 2001 Crescent Lake NWR, Garden Co, two on 5 Sep 2013 Lake Ogallala, Keith Co, three on 6 Sep 2012 Gering Cemetery, Scotts Bluff Co, 13 Sep 2008 female banded and photographed Scotts Bluff Co (Brogie 2009), 17 Sep 2011 Scotts Bluff Co, 29 Sep 1979 Dawes Co (Rosche 1982), 4 Oct 1970 Scotts Bluff Co, and 12 Oct 1997 Ash Hollow SHP (cited above).

  • High counts:  10 at Jewell Park, Bellevue, Sarpy Co 27 Aug 1996 and 3 at Fontenelle Forest 20 Sep 2017.

Abbreviations

NWR: National Wildlife Refuge
SHP: State Historical Park
SP: State Park
UNSM: University of Nebraska State Museum

Acknowledgement

Photograph (top) of a Blackburnian Warbler at Fontenelle Forest, Sarpy Co 12 May 2017 by Phil Swanson.

Literature Cited

Brogie, M.A. 1998. 1997 (Ninth) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 66: 147-159.

Brogie, M.A. 2003. 2002 (14th) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 71: 136-142.

Jorgensen, J.G. 2001. 1999 (Eleventh) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 69: 85-91.

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.

Tallman, D.A., Swanson, D.L., and J.S. Palmer. 2002. Birds of South Dakota. Midstates/Quality Quick Print, Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.

Williams, F. 1975. Southern Great Plains Region. American Birds 29: 77-81.

Williams, F. 1981. Southern Great Plains Region. American Birds 35: 955-957.

Recommended Citation

Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen.  2018.  Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca), Version 1.0. In Birds of Nebraska — Online. www.BirdsofNebraska.org


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