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Blackburnian Warbler ? Yucatan, Mexico (1 Viewer)

kahraba

Quentin
France
Thank you, I asked about sex and age because I found it surprising that an adult female could be present in Yucatan already in (late) august.
 

connorco

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United States
Thank you, I asked about sex and age because I found it surprising that an adult female could be present in Yucatan already in (late) august.
Unless I'm totally making it up, my understanding is that the older birds leave first, and the HY birds normally stick around the breeding grounds longer.
 

AveryBartels

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Unless I'm totally making it up, my understanding is that the older birds leave first, and the HY birds normally stick around the breeding grounds longer.
As a general rule this is not the case in songbirds, young leave first - usually males before females, then adults. This is due to the adults doing a complete moult post-breeding which takes ~1 month, setting them back a couple weeks behind the hatch-years.
 

kahraba

Quentin
France
Thank you all for your replies and these very interesting details !
It seems that this individual was among the first to reach eastern Yucatan.
 
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