I just wanted to comment that I too used to think of parulas as more riparian, but over the past several years of point counting across southern MO, I have found them to be much more of a generalist species. Not only have I detected them in all sorts of forests, they have been surprisingly abundant on my savanna and woodland sites.
> Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2011 18:13:14 -0500
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> Subject: South MO birding
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> Jerry and I ran away from home Friday. We took US 63 south and
> hopped around CACHE sites in Phelps, Texas, Howell, Oregon and Ozark
> counties. We went to some small and some huge conservation areas,
> some tiny and some big, very busy accesses, and some isolated tower
> sites. It was a melange only birders could enjoy with temperatures
> in the upper 90s.
> There were site surprises (really neat places that will show up in
> future Birders' Guide to Missouri Public Lands descriptions), and
> some fun finds (nothing outstanding, but find to watch). There was
> at least one new species at nearly every stop. What a diverse state
> we have!
> There was a Peregrine Falcon at the South Prong [of the Jack's Fork]
> Access. It came from high on the bluff on the far side of the river
> and flew rather low, directly overhead. I didn't expect the falcon in
> extreme southern MO in July.
> We had several looks at a variety of warblers--all expected breeders,
> but fun to find a Louisiana Waterthrush bobbing along a gravel road a
> couple hundred yards from a creek, or a Black-and-White Warbler
> working along a tree trunk below a Northern Parula.
> And about Parulas... we had more than one high up on hills far
> removed from water and sycamores. I need to re-think Northern Parula
> A Wood Thrush singing today at a tower site in Phelps Co. was a
> pleasant surprise. Pine Warblers graced most tower sites.
> Black Vultures were gathered feasting on offal along the shoreline of
> the flooded Norfork Lake at the Hwy. 160 crossing. We saw only
> Turkey Vultures elsewhere.
> Yellow-billed Cuckoos were at nearly every site.
> Carolina Wrens are doing well in these counties.
> All will be entered into the CACHE database, but it will take a while.
> Edge Wade
> Columbia, MO
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