A MacGillivray’s Warbler was identified near York Pond on Monday, November 7— the first time this species has been recorded in Rhode Island! These little birds are typically found in the western US or Canada, and winter in Central America.
Blackstone Park provides the right habitat for this warbler. According to the website of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, they gravitate to dense underbrush near water during their nesting season and while migrating.
Dan Finizia, who spotted and identified the MacGillivray’s Warbler, has generously shared his photo of this unlikely visitor.