PINE WARBLER

Setophaga pinus pinus

Status:  Rare casual spring migrant east and central. Rare regular fall migrant statewide. Rare casual winter visitor east and central.

Documentation:  Photograph: 23 Aug 1986 Fontenelle Forest, Sarpy Co (Grenon 1990).

Taxonomy:  Four subspecies are recognized, two restricted to the West Indies, and one, florida, to central Florida; the remainder of the North American range is occupied by pinus (Pyle 1997). Nebraska birds are pinus.

Spring: Of about 27 spring reports 12 Mar-27 May, only 11 are accepted:

12-17 Mar 2000 Bellevue, Sarpy Co feeder (Silcock 2000)

25-26 Mar 2017 photographed Lincoln, Lancaster Co (Silcock 2017)

2 Apr 2012 Nebraska City, Otoe Co (Brogie 2013)

13 Apr-23 May 2010 Pioneer’s Park, Lincoln; singing male, with two singing males present 16 Apr-1 May (Brogie 2011)

17 Apr 2011 singing male Harlan Co (Brogie 2012a)

18 Apr 2017 Arbor Lodge SHP, Otoe Co (Silcock 2017)

2-8 May 1984 Polk Co (Williams 1984, Jorgensen 2012)

8 May 2013 Otoe Co (Silcock 2013)

11 May 2017 Sarpy Co (Silcock 2017)

14 May 1976 banded Lincoln, Lancaster Co (Cortelyou 1976)

26 May 2003 adult male DeSoto NWR, Washington Co (Brogie 2004)

Pine Warblers apparently migrate in very low numbers through the Missouri Valley, sometimes very early in spring. There appear to be more reports in recent years.

A report 9 May 1987 Sarpy Co was considered “Unaccepted” by the NOURC (Mollhoff 1989).

Fall:  Aug 22,22,29 <<<>>> Oct 29, Nov 1,2

Reports in fall are more widespread than in spring and are increasing in recent years; there have been fall reports eight of the last ten years 2008-2017. There are several photographs accessible on eBird, the earliest 2 Nov 2008 in Lancaster Co (eBird.org, accessed May 2018).

There are later dates 7 Nov 2012 North Platte (Brogie 2013), and 23 Nov 2007 Wildcat Hills NC, Scotts Bluff Co; Dec dates are discussed under Winter (below).

There are these Panhandle reports: a singing male remained in a pine grove at Oliver Reservoir, Kimball Co 29 Aug-13 Oct 1998 (Brogie 1999), single males were at Wildcat Hills NC, Scotts Bluff Co 11 (banded) and 29 Sep 2012 (Brogie 2013), one was in Greenwood Cemetery, Sidney, Cheyenne Co 19 Sep 2002, one was banded in Scotts Bluff Co 25 Sep 2008 (Brogie 2009), an immature female was in Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff Co 4 Oct (year not given), and one probably this species was banded at Wildcat Hills NC 23 Nov 2007.

Reports not accepted by the NOURC are 8 Aug 1989 Sarpy Co (Grenon 1990) and 12 Sep 1986 Douglas-Sarpy Cos (Mollhoff 1987).

Winter: Pine Warbler has a propensity to appear at feeders late in fall. The only reports of over-wintering are of a male at a Bellevue feeder 18 Dec 2001-25 Mar 2002 (Brogie 2003), and another adult male videographed at a Doniphan, Hall Co feeder 28 Nov 2002-3 Feb 2003. Lingering birds were a single at a Fremont, Dodge Co feeder 4 Dec 2016 (Brogie 2017), two males near North Platte, Lincoln Co 7 Dec 2006, one at the feeding station at Fontenelle Forest, Sarpy Co 10-15 Dec 1984 (Cortelyou 1985, Williams 1985), another at a Bellevue suet feeder 14-16 Dec 2000, one at a North Platte suet feeder 24 Dec 2007 (Brogie 2009), and an adult male at a Ceresco, Lancaster Co feeder 28 Nov 2002-5 Jan 2003 (Brogie 2004).

Abbreviations

NC: Nature Center
NOURC: Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union Records Committee
NWR: National Wildlife Refuge
SHP: State Historical Park

Acknowledgement

Photograph (top) of a Pine Warbler at Pioneers Park, Lancaster Co 1 Nov 2008 by Joel G. Jorgensen.

Literature Cited

Brogie, M.A. 1999. 1998 (Tenth) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 67: 141-152.

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

Brogie, M.A. 2004. 2003 (15th) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 72: 59-65.

Brogie, M.A. 2009. 2008 (20th) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 77: 80-90.

Brogie, M.A. 2011. 2010 (22nd) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 79: 99-111.

Brogie, M.A. 2013. 2012 (24th) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR: 81: 120-130.

Brogie, M.A. 2017. 2016 (28th) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 85: 128-142.

Cortelyou, R.G. 1976. 1976 (Fifty-first) Spring Migration and Occurrence Report. NBR 44: 38-52.

Cortelyou, R.G. 1985. 1984 (Twenty-seventh) Fall Occurrence Report. NBR 53: 5-18.

Grenon, A.G. 1990. 1990 (Third) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 58: 90-97.

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

Mollhoff, W.J. 1987. First report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 55: 79-85.

Mollhoff, W.J. 1989. Second report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 57: 42-47.

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

Silcock, W.R. 2000. Spring Field Report, March to May 2000. NBR 64: 55-81.

Silcock, W.R. 2013. Spring Field Report, Mar 2013 to May 2013. NBR 81: 50-79.

Silcock, W.R. 2017. Spring Field report, March-May 2017. NBR 85: 54-83.

Williams, F. 1984. Southern Great Plains Region. American Birds 38: 929-931.

Williams, F. 1985. Southern Great Plains Region. American Birds 39: 182-185.

Recommended Citation

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


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