Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) Female.
A skulking masked warbler of wet thickets, the Common Yellowthroat is far more frequently heard than seen. Its "wich-i-ty, wich-i-ty, wich-i-ty" can be heard from the Yukon to Newfoundland, and from southern Florida to southern Mexico.
* Small songbird.
* Plain olive green back, wings, and tail.
* Yellow throat and upper chest.
* Male has distinctive black mask.
Back, wings and tail plain olive. Chin, throat, and upper chest bright yellow. Belly whitish. Dusky flanks. Bright yellow undertail coverts. Broad black mask extending from side of neck through the auricular area and from the eye to the forehead. Whitish to grayish line above black mask separating it from the olive crown.
Female similar to male, but face olive and underparts paler. Indistinct eyering. May occasionally have faint black mask.
Immature resembles adult female. First year male with faint black mask, becoming fully adult-like by spring.
Crystal Crescent Beach, Nova Scotia. 04 July 2008.