Got wood-warbler questions?


If so, I have answers for you. I’m Daniel Edelstein — biologist, birding guide, birding instructor ( and — who ponders: Are there any wonders in our world more fascinating than the elegant beauty of wood-warblers? (All photos ©Martin Meyers unless otherwise noted.) By the way, my upcoming new adult college birding class is featured at

Warbler Guy, which web site is good for seeing warbler photos and learning warbler songs? Which web site will help me improve my birding by ear for warblers? Will my song identification of warblers get better with your recommendations?

Sally (in Tucson)….

It’s amazing how fantastic the web site is the answer to all your (excellent) questions.

Simply type in the name of the warbler you think is the one you detected.

Result, you’ll see photos of it and corresponding vocalizations (both songs and calls).

Even if your ID is wrong, the “look-alike,” similar appearing warbler species will be shown at every choice you make when trying to ID a warbler that causes both enjoyment and puzzlement, in terms of knowing its common name identity.

Does this answer your questions, Sally?

Please feel free to visit my web site — — where other information about N. American warblers and the myriad other USA birds are highlighted.

Regards, Daniel Edelstein (features wood-warbler info. & other birding information for N. CA & the USA)

Warbler Guy, my California bird tour means I’m looking for rare birds in California. Where do I find rare California birds on a listserv?

Hi Jeremiah….and your query is a periodic question I receive, so I’m glad to help, below.

Here’s the answer to your question, above: I suggest your first move is to check:

….as this site a composite list featuring all the listserv sites in California where birders add their bird sightings.

At, you’ll see a left column by which you can one-by-one click on a chosen region of California….Upon doing so for one region, you’ll see a list of the latest bird sightings lists posted by birders.

As for common annual and upcoming migration, I am pleased to note that I 
currently have begun to hear the courtship “peek” sound from male Anna’s Hummingbirds (and, actually, since October, 2022). 

During this process, males descend during their courtship dance, air rushing through their tail feathers at the bottom of their elevator drop initiates the “peek” sound.

By December annually, eggs are added to nests in the SF Bay Area, with Great Horned Owl joining the maternity ward by January annually as females incubate eggs or hatch them.

Interestingly, also, the earliest returning Allen’s Hummingbirds may begin returning by next and beyond through February and March to SF Bay Area coastal breeding locations. I expect the initial report of a returning Allen’s Hummingbird to appear at by 1/15/23 or soon after.

Other questions? Glad to help:

Please feel free to see the “Birding Tours” and “Birding Links sections.

Regards, Daniel