Cape May Warbler

Scientific name: Dendroica tigrina

Despite its name, the Cape May Warbler is only a migrant through Cape May, New Jersey as it heads from its boreal forest breeding grounds to Mexico and the Caribbean and back each year. Alexander Wilson first described the Cape May Warbler from Cape May, but the next record of the species there was over 100 years later.

Cape May Warblers typically forage in the tops of trees on their breeding and wintering grounds, but during migration they sometimes come to hummingbird feeders or grape vines. During the breeding season they specialize in consuming spruce budworms.