PINE WARBLER – (Setophaga pinus)
The Pine warbler, as its name implies, lives and breeds in pine forests. They have a long tail with a notch in the middle. The pine warbler is yellow-green on its top parts and yellowish for its under parts.
This warbler is an exception in the warbler family in terms of diet – it will eat a large amount of pine seeds in addition to the usual regimen of insects and invertebrates. This might explain why it is attracted to bird feeders.
The bird is found is eastern Canada and north east USA in the summer and in the south east USA for the winter. The pine warbler is an ‘accidental’ occurrence in PEI in the winter (a few records per century), and its presence is ‘occasional’ in the summer (1 to 9 sightings per decade.