Within Alaska, predominantly along rivers, streams, or bogs in mixed or coniferous forests and tall shrub thickets (especially Salix alaxensis and Alnus incana) with black or white spruce (particularly in central Alaska) or mixed spruce-paper birch overstory (Betula papyrifera; Gabrielson and Lincoln 1959, Kessel 1989, McCaffery 1996, Kessel 1998, Cotter and Andres 2000). Also inhabits riparian areas and ecotones between treeline taiga and alpine or coastal tundra (Kessel 1998, Kessel and Gibson 1978). Breeding density highest in riparian habitats in western Alaska (McCaffery 1996, Harwood 2002). In B. C., breeds from 350 to 1100 m (Campbell et al. 2001). During a survey, BLPW was observed in black spruce bog, shrub swamp, boreal white spruce-balsam poplar riparian, and montane shrub-grassland in order of numbers observed. Within these habitats occupied wet edge habitat dominated by spruce or willow fingers of wet meadows (Enns and Siddle 1996).
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