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When Mark McKellar was the director of the Audubon Society of Western 
Pennsylvania in Pittsburg a few years ago, they had a Swainson's Warbler 
that was singing well out of its range for several weeks in that area. Many 
people saw and heard the bird and photos were taken. If it was in Pittsburg, 
there is a good chance for Martha LaFite also.


Happy birding,
Ruth Simmons
Lee's Summit, Jackson Co., MO
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>From: Bill Eddleman <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: Bill Eddleman <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: Re: Swainson's Warbler -- NOT
>Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2005 14:12:43 -0500
>One possibility. The bird might have been a "floater." I've sometimes 
>encountered individual birds at about this time of year in "odd" habitats. 
>They typically sing in an area for a couple of weeks, then disappear. I 
>presume such individuals were unsuccessful at attracting a mate, and move 
>around trying to find one and breed.
>
>----Bill Eddleman, Cape Girardeau
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>At 01:57 PM 7/9/2005 -0500, Robert Fisher wrote:
>>I went to Martha LaFitte today to check out reports of a Swinson's Warbler 
>>having been heard there. I arrived a little before 9:00 a.m. and played a 
>>Swainson's Warbler tape near where the bird was first reported having been 
>>heard. I continued on around the trail and encountered Kristi Mayo. She 
>>said she had been there since about 8:30 a.m., but had not heard the bird. 
>>Kristi then conducted me to various spots where the bird may have been 
>>heard, and I played the tape at each of those spots. Finally, I played the 
>>tape near the employees' parking lot, from which I understood Craig 
>>Hensley had heard the bird.
>>
>>I go not responses.
>>
>>If a Swainson's Warbler really has been singing at Martha LaFitte, it is 
>>not surprising that it might be singing only sporadically at this time of 
>>year. (I think of Swainson's Warbler as a fairly early singer on its 
>>traditional breeding grounds -- not as early as Pine Warbler and perhaps 
>>not quite as early as Yellow-throated Warbler and Louisiana Waterthrush, 
>>but fairly early nevertheless.) Song could well be tapering off by early 
>>July. Nevertheless,  if the bird were really territorial in the area of 
>>Martha LaFitte where I played the tape today, I would have expected a 
>>response.
>>
>>
>>Bob Fisher
>>Independence, Missouri
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