Warblers are a champion migrant, often
going non-stop from the Northeastern coast of the U.S. to northern South America
every fall. Blackpoll Warblers are usually fairly common in Spring
migration through South Dakota. A male is depicted in the photo to the right.
Photos of females can be seen in the additional photographs at the bottom of the
Habitat: Deciduous woodlands, parks,
gardens in migration. Stays in conifer forests and thickets on breeding
grounds in Canada and Alaska.
Diet: Mostly insects and berries, including aphids, beetles, mosquitoes, ants,
spiders. Will also eat seeds on occasion.
Behavior: Moves deliberately along foliage and
branches of trees and shrubs, gleaning insects from the vegetation as it
goes. Also is capable of flycatching, flying out from a perch and
capturing insects in mid-air.
Breeding Map: Non-breeder in South Dakota
Migration: Summers in central to northern Canada, winters northern South America.
Conservation Status: Still widespread and common,
but surveys show declines in some areas in recent decades.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Blackpoll Warbler"
Photo Information: May 13, 2005 -- Minnehaha
County -- Terry L. Sohl
Additional Photos: Click on the image chips or
text links below for additional, higher-resolution Blackpoll Warbler photos.