photo by Phil Swanson
L 5 1/2″ (14 cm).
Song or calls:
Song is ascending spiral of varied whistles, becoming fainter until the last notes fade out.
Description: Sexes similar. Brownish-olive above; grayish below; contrasting pale eyebrow between brown crown and dark eye line; long, spiky bill.
Habitat: Normally found among underbrush in swamps and canebrakes.
Where in Nebraska: Accidental. Specimen obtained from Buffalo County in 1905, and seen in Lancaster County in 1977.
Field Notes: Swainson’s Warblers are secretive,and easily overlooked.
Fun Facts: For such a small bird, it defends a relatively large territory ranging from 7 to 44 acres.