Though it was pretty warm for an October morning when I spotted this bird at Fort Tilden, Queens, it was fluffed up as if it was suffering from extreme cold.  Maybe it was trying to be a big tough guy considering the volume of sparrows in the vicinity of where it was foraging?  Somehow, I doubt it but I have to admit that I was entertained with such a fluffy Common Yellowthroat.

It being mid-October you can often find Common Yellowthroats in brushy areas, overgrown gardens waiting for frost to finish them off, or where I found this one, along a fence line.  Listen for their “chack” calls and, if it is a sunny, warm day, you may be lucky enough to hear one break out into its “Witchety-witchety-witchety” song, though, of course, that is much more likely in spring.  In the southern United States, especially along the coast, and in coastal California you can find Common Yellowthroats year-round, but we folks further north have to get very lucky to find one after October though my coastal location at least gives me a chance.

When do you see your last Common Yellowthroat of the year?  Or are you one of the lucky ones who get them year-round?

Enjoy these shots of Geothlypis trichas and for those at my latitude enjoy each sighting of a wood-warbler this time of year because it may be your last until spring!

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.