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Title: Kirtland's warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii) [revised]

Author: Bocetti, Carol I.; Donner, Deahn M.; Mayfield, Harold F.;

Date: 2014

Source: The birds of North America online. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, Ornithology Lab. (accessed July 28, 2014.)

Publication Series: Book Chapter

Description: The Kirtland’s Warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii), one of the rarest songbirds in North America, was first discovered when Charles Pease shot a migrant on 13 May 1851 on the farm of his father-in-law, Jared P. Kirtland, near Cleveland, OH. The new species was identified by Spencer Baird, who named it for the renowned Ohio naturalist (Baird 1852). The species’ wintering grounds were discovered as additional specimens were collected from throughout the Bahamas, but it took 52 years before Norman Woods followed the lead of a graduate student from the University of Michigan and pursued the species along the Au Sable River in northeast Oscoda Co., MI, where he discovered the first nest of this elusive species in July 1903 (Wood 1904, Rapai 2012).

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Bocetti, Carol I.; Donner, Deahn M.; Mayfield, Harold F. 2014. Kirtland's warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii) [revised]. In: Poole, A., ed. The birds of North America online. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, Ornithology Lab. (accessed July 28, 2014.)


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