Mnemonic for Remembering Monticello Warblers

Bill Young

Each spring, you have a chance to see many species of warblers passing through Monticello Park. Some pass through regularly in good numbers. Others are seen in small numbers or possibly not at all.

I have developed a mnemonic for remembering 35 warblers you might see. Since the time I created it, taxonomists moved the Yellow-breasted Chat out of the warbler family. For the sake of symmetry, I left the chat in.

Here is the mnemonic.

5 P Warblers
Northern Parula
Palm
Pine
Prairie
Prothonotary

5 Black Warblers
Black-throated Blue
Black-throated Green
Black-and-white
Blackpoll
Blackburnian

5 Yellow Warblers
Yellow
Yellow-rumped
Yellow-throated
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-breasted Chat

5 Colored Warblers
American Redstart
Chestnut-sided
Bay-breasted
Cerulean
Orange-crowned

5 Place Warblers (1 country, 2 states, 2 cities)
Canada
Kentucky
Tennessee
Nashville
Cape May

3 Thrushy Warblers
Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush

2 Winged Warblers
Blue-winged
Golden-winged

2 M Warblers
Magnolia
Mourning

2 W Warblers
Wilson's
Worm-eating

1 Holdout Warbler
Hooded