Wilson's Warbler, Wilsonia pusilla
What a cutie. This little bird spends most of his day looking for small
Nesting habitat used by the Wilson's warbler
The Wilson's warbler usually nests on the ground
under dense cover. However they will also nest in shrubs but usually
within a few feet of the ground and always in dense cover.
Habitat/ plant community used by the Wilson's
The Wilson's warbler is usually found in moist
habitats with dense vegetation. This warbler shows up at the Santa
Margarita nursery occasionally. One of those time one landed three foot
in front of me chasing a moth or some other small insect, I had the
camera out taking another picture, couldn't focus. Story of my life,
lack of focus.
How to attract the Wilson's warbler to your
To attract the Wilson's warbler to your garden
Salix spp. would be a good plant to plant.
Almost every time I have seen this bird in the
wild it has been associated with willow; willows along the edge of a
mountain meadow, riparian areas with dense willows, etc. Willows
provide excellent cover for lots of other species of bird, including
chickadee and California
Quail. Willows also serve as an excellent screen and they grow very
rapidly. They do need some water but in most conventional gardens that
is not a problem. It also seams to like the dense foliage in our
demonstration garden. It hops between a Toyon,
specieosum, and a Prunus
Diet of the Wilson's warbler
The Wilson's warbler eats almost entirely
insects. These insects are usually obtained by gleaning. Also a few
seeds and berries.
Range of the Wilson's warbler
The Wilson's warbler is found along the coast of
California and throughout the sierra Nevada and cascade ranges. The are
not found in the central valley or the deserts. Having said this, three
of the four pictures we have of the Wilson's warbler were taken in the
middle of the Mojave desert. This was in a spring with a few mature willows and
dense cover. The other picture was taken along the coast also in a willow thicket.
Migration of the Wilson's warbler
The Wilson's Warbler is only found in California
in the summer. This is mainly due to the fact the the bird eats
insects. The huge quantities of insects that are normal found in the
stat during the summer months are reduced in most parts of the state by
cold. So the Wilson's warbler moves south to Mexico or the southern
coast of California.