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Black-and-white Warbler

Mniotilta varia


One of the earliest-arriving migrant warblers, the Black-and-white Warbler’s thin, squeaky song is one of the first signs that spring birding has sprung. This crisply striped bundle of black and white feathers creeps along tree trunks and branches like a nimble nuthatch, probing the bark for insects with its slightly downcurved bill. Though you typically see these birds only in trees, they build their little cup-shaped nests in the leaf litter of forests across central and eastern North America. (Cornell)

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32 Comments (1–25)

Tom15 9 years ago

Thanks Bill, you've been posting some nice shots yourself, including a SOTD!

beaker98 9 years ago

Wonderful spotting Tom and congrats to you my friend!

Tom15 9 years ago

Thank you Tina:-)

Tiz 9 years ago

Congratulations dear :)

Tom15 9 years ago

Thanks again Rieko:-)

RiekoS 9 years ago

Congratulations again!

Tom15 9 years ago

Thanks James, Dilan and remco, your comments are very nice.

remco.douma 9 years ago


Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 9 years ago

Congratulations Tom!

James McNair
James McNair 9 years ago

Superb...what great pics of a beautiful bird. Congratulations on spotting of the day...well deserved

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 9 years ago

they never get old tom ;)

Tom15 9 years ago

Thanks for all the nice comments and likes. Glad to see I'm still able to catch your attention after so many bird posts:-) And thanks Karen for another SOTD, I'm honored.

Congratulation !

Sckel 9 years ago

congratulations for this beautiful spotting.

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Especially like the second photo - congratulations!

It is a beauty!! Congratulation on the SOTD, well deserved, Tom15.

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 9 years ago


RonaldOrosz 9 years ago

nice warbler! 9 years ago

Another great picture. Wow!

RobThacker 9 years ago

Congrats Tom

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Congratulations, Tom.

kdpicturemaker 9 years ago

Tom! I think that book idea is worth considering. With images like these it would be a great field guide. Congrats!

AshleyT 9 years ago

Congrats Tom, beautiful shots as always!

KarenL 9 years ago

Congrats Tom, your great capture of this fast-moving little bird is Spotting of the Day! The tiny black-and-white warbler forages under tree bark for its food, and can often be seen creeping upside-down along the undersides of branches and headfirst down tree trunks.


Tom15 9 years ago

Thanks Stephanie, I took more today that I'll post soon:-)

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New Hampshire, USA

Spotted on May 13, 2014
Submitted on May 14, 2014

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