The Orange Crowned
Warbler is a resident of Central America, extreme southeastern North America,
coastal western North America and Vancouver Island .
It's most distinguishing
field mark is its lack of distinguishing field marks.
It is more commonly seen
in the western than in eastern North America. It's breeding range extends
Canada, Alaska and the western USA.
A light eye stripe and
super cilium are about the only features on the face except for the males patch
of orange on the top of its head.. The dark eye stripe gives
the eye ring a split appearance.
These birds breed in
brushy habitats and open shrubby mixed woodlands. The nest, built by the female,
is usually located on or close to the ground. From 4 to 6 eggs are incubated by
the female for up to two weeks.
Both parents care for the young, who leave the
nest in just under two weeks.
Orange crowned Warblers
often forage low in vegetation, but will forage at all heights.
They clamber and
flit through vegetation, gleaning insects from flowers, leaves, and tips of
They will also sometimes capture insects in flight.
Summers in Canada and the
Rockies in the western U.S. Winters in the extreme southern U.S.
This year, 2012, we have
had so many visit us, sometimes seeing 20 to 30 a day. Not just at our feeders
and yard trees but where ever we go. It has been exciting.