Hermit Warbler (male)
Family: (Parulidae) Wood-Warblers
Preferred Habitat: Forests
Seasonal Occurrence: Very rare visitor in spring.
Notes: Hermit Warblers do not normally occur on the Upper Texas Coast, but this wanderer was found at The Willows near Sabine Pass in April, 2006. Typically, Hermit Warblers are found in the summer in western coniferous forests. They are also usually only found high up in the trees, so visitors to The Willows were indeed fortunate to see this one. Hermit Warblers somewhat resemble Black-throated Green Warblers, which are quite common here. Good identification marks include their black backs, prominent eyes in solid yellow cheeks, and lack of streaking on the sides.
- Susan Billetdeaux