Excuse my less than National Geographic quality photos with this bird. It just wasn't possible to get up in his grill. Looks a bit like a chickadee, eh?For those of you guessing Vermivora chrysoptera, Golden-winged Warbler, how right thou are. This is a good one. There are hardly if any left as breeders in Ohio. My hunch in this case, based on watching it and hearing the descriptions of those who have been observing it since it appeared a few weeks back, is that it is unmated. Probably just no females to be found in the area, as far removed as it is from the core centers of Golden-winged Warbler populations.
Golden-wingeds are real beauts. They sing a neat song, too: Bee-buzz-buzz-buzz, at least typically. This one was singing a classic Golden-winged song and the bird showed no signs of hybridization. They often cross with Blue-winged Warblers, and the pairing of pure parents of each species produces an interesting hybrid known as Brewster's Warbler. The pairing of a pure adult and a hybrid produces the even more exotic-looking Lawrence's Warbler. Generally speaking, at least.Golden-winged Warbler habitat, a shrubby old field choked with Winged Sumac and other shrubs, and dotted with the occasional taller sapling. A great bird, and a nice substitute for Swainson's Warbler.