Posted by Steve Rushing on January 11, 2022 at 9:56 am
A warbler that lives year round with us and doesn’t head to the tropics in winter like their neotropical cousins. What holds them here is their fondness for, guess what, pine nuts. Something we have a lot of in the SE. In fact, as we have lost deciduous forest trees, which are replaced by pines, the pine warbler population has increased slightly over the last 50 years.
I need to place a caveat on this. This is true for pine forest growth except the jam-packed monoculture of pulp pine tracts. These aren’t good habitat for any species. Everything that is green and looks natural when you drive by is not healthy habitat.