The Pine Warbler is aptly named, as they strongly prefer pine
forests and woodlands during the summer breeding season. They are more
sluggish than many of the warblers, and can be found slowly foraging at almost
any level of the forest, from the ground to the treetops. Unlike most
warblers who tend to migrate between summer breeding grounds and wintering
grounds, Pine Warblers in much of the southeastern United States are permanent
almost always found in pine forests during the summer breeding season,
especially sandy pine barrens with a scrubby undergrowth. They can
be found in a wider variety of wooded and brushy habitats during winter months.
Diet: Strongly prefers insects and spiders
in all seasons, but when not available, will also feed on pine seeds, seeds of
weeds and grasses, and berries.
Behavior: Unusual behavior for a warbler in many
respects, including its willingness to feed on seeds and berries, and even
attend feeders for suet and other offerings, and behaves rather sluggishly
compared to most warblers.
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota
Migration: Summers in much of the eastern United States where pine forests are present,
and extreme Southeastern Canada. Winters in much of the southeastern
United States. Note many birds in the southeastern U.S. permanent
residents, as are those in the Caribbean.
Bird Feeder: Will attend feeders for suet and other
Conservation Status: Numbers appear to be stable and possibly
on the rise.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Pine Warbler"
Photo Information: February 13th, 2008 - Bon
Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama - Terry Sohl
Additional Photos: Click on the image chips or
text links below for additional, higher-resolution Pine Warbler photos.