from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the breast bay in color: as, the bay-breasted warbler, Dendrœca castanea, one of the commonest birds of the United States.
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We have no difficulty in distinguishing between adult bay-breasted and black poll warblers, but he is indeed a keen observer who can point out which is which when the young birds of the year pass.
Many are named from the distribution of colour upon their plumage -- the blue-winged yellow, the black-throated blue, chestnut-sided, bay-breasted, and black poll.
Warblers, named for the magnolia and the myrtle, chestnut-sided, bay-breasted, blue-backed, and black-throated, flutter and creep along the branches with simple lisping music.
Meantime, we kept on up the hill, and soon were in the old forest, listening to bay-breasted warblers, Blackburnians, black-polls, and so on, while the noise of the mountain brook on our right, a better singer than any of them, was never out of our ears.
It was pleasant to find here two comparatively rare warblers, of whom I had before had only casual glimpses, -- the mourning warbler and the bay-breasted.
The music of the bay-breasted warbler is similar to the black-poll's, but hardly so weak and formless.
Boreal species are making their move, including the Philadelphia vireo, and Connecticut, Cape May, Wilson's, and bay-breasted warblers.