American Redstart

Setophaga ruticilla

Audubon print of American Redstart
Male singing to proclaim his territory
Wide beak helps to snap up insects in flight
Male in silver maple, mid-spring
Female more subtly colored
Female with insect prey in beak
Male flashing his colors
Female flashing wings
Female flutters wings to rouse insects from foliage
Female fans her tail
Immature male fanning tail
Female on nest
Totally helpless nestling
Juvenile male?
Female, or immature male
Juvenile male in August
Male gradually assuming breeding plumage
Male dining in Caracas, Venezuela early February

A good spot to catch a glimpse of the colorful American Redstart as it passes through Salter Grove would be the upland woods during spring migration from early to mid-May.  Slowly scan the canopy between Upland Trail markers U3 and U4, or between markers P2 and P4 along the Pond Trail.  It is an active warbler that flashes its colorful wing and tail patches to flush insect prey from the foliage.

The American Redstart is a sexually dimorphic warbler that breeds in the woodland of northern and eastern North America and winters in Central and northern South America.  The adult male has bright orange patches that contrasts against its black body whereas the female has a more subtle brown plumage with yellow patches.  Males in their first year have a plumage similar to that of females.