Leiothlypis peregrina

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

Documentation:  Specimen: UNSM ZM6808, 25 May 1901 Child’s Point, Sarpy Co.

Taxonomy:  No subspecies are currently recognized (Pyle 1997).

Spring:  Apr 25, 26, 26 <<<>>> Jun 2, 3, 3

Later dates are 6 Jun 2020 Sioux Co, 9 Jun 2013 Dakota Co, and 23 Jun 2017 recording Neale Woods, Douglas Co.

Migration is from late Apr through early Jun, with peak numbers in mid-May.

In the Panhandle, this species is regular but “very rare” in spring (Rosche 1994). Brown et al (1996) cited five banding records 13-29 May in the Keith Co area.

  • High counts:  112 in Sarpy Co 11 May 2000, 96 in Lancaster Co 25 May 2002, 72 at Indian Cave SP, Nemaha and Richardson Cos 12 May 2000, and 55 in Wilderness Park, Lincoln, Lancaster Co 11 May

Fall:  Aug 23, 25, 26 <<<>>> Oct 14, 14, 14

Earlier dates are of one banded 25 Jul 2015 Douglas Co (Rick Schmid, pers.comm.), and 10 Aug 2012 Otoe Co.

Later dates are 16 Oct 2018 Otoe Co, 1 Nov 1971 Lancaster Co (Williams 1972), and 7 Nov 2001 Otoe Co (Falk 2002).

Presumed failed breeders and non-breeders may disperse southward beginning in early Jul, often undergoing pre-basic fall molt while in migration (Rimmer and McFarland 2020). Migrants occur from late Aug through mid-Oct, although far fewer occur in fall than in spring. There is some evidence the fall migration routes are somewhat further east than in spring (Rimmer and McFarland 2020).

There are 18 Panhandle reports 1 Sep-11 Oct.

  • High counts:  10 in Sarpy Co 9 Sep 1995, 5 at Wilderness Park, Lancaster Co 9 Sep 2018, 4 at Ponca SP, Dixon Co 8 Sep 2007, 4 at Wilderness Park, Lancaster Co 12 Sep 2020, and 4 at Lauritzen Gardens, Douglas Co 29 Sep 2020.


SP: State Park
UNSM: University of Nebraska State Museum


Photograph (top) of a Tennessee Warbler at Fontenelle Forest, Sarpy Co 9 May 2011 by Phil Swanson.

Literature Cited

Brown, C.R., M.B. Brown, P.A. Johnsgard, J. Kren, and W.C. Scharf. 1996. Birds of the Cedar Point Biological Station area, Keith and Garden Counties, Nebraska: Seasonal occurrence and breeding data. Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences 23: 91-108.

Falk, L. 2002. Birds in Otoe County. Published by the author, Nebraska City, Nebraska, USA.

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

Rimmer, C.C. and K.P. McFarland. 2020. Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.tenwar.01.

Rosche, R.C. 1994. Birds of the Lake McConaughy area and the North Platte River valley, Nebraska.  Published by the author, Chadron, Nebraska, USA.

Williams, F. 1972. Southern Great Plains Region. American Birds 26: 80-84.

Recommended Citation

Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen.  2021.  Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina). In Birds of Nebraska — Online. www.BirdsofNebraska.org

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Updated 31 Mar 2021