Blown off course -

This small wood warbler was presumably blown off course while migrating from its winter home in Central or South America. The wood warbler  is a common and widespread leaf warbler which breeds throughout northern and temperate Europe, and just into the extreme west of Asia in the southern Ural Mountains.

This is a bird of open but shady mature woodlands, such as beech and sessile oak, with some sparse ground cover for nesting. The dome-shaped nest is built near the ground in low shrub. 6 or 7 eggs are laid in May; there may be a second brood. Like most Old World warblers, this small passerine is insectivorous.

Mountains in the Sea 2004: Exploring the New England Seamount Chain: May 8-24, 2004

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