The common yellowthroat is one of the easiest warblers to recognize, as both its appearance and song are very distinctive. Referred to as the “lone ranger bird” by birders over a certain age, the male yellowthroat has a black mask over its eyes. Females lack this mask and their yellow throats and underparts are paler than the males’. You’re more likely to hear the male than you are to see him – listen for his “wich-i-ty, wich-i-ty, wich-i-ty” song coming from thick, tangled vegetation, particularly in wet areas. You can also hear it by going to http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Yellowthroat/sounds .