A shy warbler of dense thickets and undergrowth, the Connecticut
warbler is generally quite difficult to observe. They also are among the last
warblers to migrate in the spring, and the earliest to migrate in the fall, and
thus often go unnoticed. Connecticut Warblers forage with a slow and
deliberate walk along the ground, a characteristic that by itself can be used to
differentiate it from the similar Mourning
found in forested bogs and other wetlands on its summer breeding grounds.
Generally found low in dense undergrowth or shrubby areas during migration
through the state.
Diet: Primarily insects. Difficult to observe, but has
been seen feeding on caterpillars, spiders, snails, raspberries, and seeds.
Behavior: Primarily forages ont he ground, walking
around through leaf litter, flipping over leaves in search of insects and
other prey. They will also forages low in trees and undergrowth,
walking along branches, searching for insects.
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota
Migration: Summers in central and southern Canada, and near the Great Lakes. Winters
in South America.
Conservation Status: Generally stable, although
some indications of decline. Difficult to observe, populations
estimates are sketchy at best.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Connecticut Warbler"
eNature.com: Connecticut Warbler
Photo Information: May
25th, 2001 -- Aberdeen, Brown County -- Dan Tallman