Warbler family (Parulidae)
Medium-sized warbler, 4” long. Male – all yellow with reddish streaks on breast. Female (not shown) – duller yellow with fainter or no breast streaks.
Dense shrub thickets in wet areas, especially areas dominated by willows.
Deep nest cup built in an upright fork or crotch of a tree or bush, usually 3 to 8 feet above the ground. Eggs are white with blotches at end. Clutch size – 4 to 5 eggs.
Song sounds like “sweet sweet sweet so sweet” with last note accented. Also has an unaccented song version.
Dendroica: dendron, Greek for “tree”; oicos, Greek for “inhabit”; petechia, Modern Latin for “purplish spot” for russet-red streaks on its breast.
In the Nature Park:
Neotropical migrant, arriving in mid to late April. Common in old fields with lots of shrubs.